"This volume is timely and will be a valued addition to the libraries of professional archaeobotanists, students learning the intricacies of archaeobotanical analyses, and archaeologists who want an up-to-date reference of the methods and applications of archaeobotany."
—C. Margaret Scarry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“A good higher-level introduction to the current state of the discipline . . . it offers a nice mix of practical advice, history and theory, and case material. Scholars and students should welcome it.”
—Anthropology Review Database
Paleoethnobotany, the study of archaeological plant remains, is poised at the intersection of the study of the past and concerns of the present, including agricultural decision making, biodiversity, and global environmental change, and has much to offer to archaeology, anthropology, and the interdisciplinary study of human relationships with the natural world. Method and Theory in Paleoethnobotany demonstrates those connections and highlights the increasing relevance of the study of past human-plant interactions for understanding the present and future.
A diverse and highly regarded group of scholars reference a broad array of literature from around the world as they cover their areas of expertise in the practice and theory of paleoethnobotany—starch grain analysis, stable isotope analysis, ancient DNA, digital data management, and ecological and postprocessual theory.
The only comprehensive edited volume focusing on method and theory to appear in the last 25 years, Method and Theory in Paleoethnobotany addresses the new areas of inquiry that have become central to contemporary archaeological debates, as well as the current state of theoretical, methodological, and empirical work in paleoethnobotany.