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Plants and People in the African Past

Progress in African Archaeobotany

Editors: Mercuri, A.M., D'Andrea, A.C., Fornaciari, R., Höhn, A. (Eds.)

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  • Contributions/chapters cover famous archaeological sites or regions from the Nile Valley to the Nok Region in West Africa
  • Covers the current archaeobotanical research on the African continent
  • Gives insight into different archaeobotanical methods, from the analyses of  macro-remains like seeds to micro-remains like pollen
  • Gives the reader an impression of the multi-facetted research on the African continent
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About this book

There is an essential connection between humans and plants, cultures and environments, and this is especially evident looking at the long history  of the African continent. This book, comprising current research in archaeobotany on Africa, elucidates human adaptation and innovation with respect to the exploitation of plant resources. In the long-term perspective climatic changes of the environment as well as human impact have posed constant challenges to the interaction between peoples and the plants growing in different countries and latitudes. This book provides an insight into/overview of the manifold routes people have taken in various parts Africa in order to make a decent living from the provisions of their environment by bringing together the analyses of macroscopic and microscopic plant remains with ethnographic, botanical, geographical and linguistic research. The numerous chapters cover almost all the continent countries, and were prepared by most of the scholars who study African archaeobotany, i.e. the complex and composite history of plant uses and environmental transformations during the Holocene.


About the authors

Anna Maria Mercuri has a 30-years experience in Palynology and Archaeobotany. She contributed to the onset of the Laboratory of Palynology and Palaeobotany of Modena. Her lines of research are human impact, cultural landscapes, resource exploitation and human behaviour, in Northern-Africa and Italian sites.KEY WORDS: palynology, palaeoethnobotany, botany, LTHI-Long Term Human Impact, LTE-Long-Term Ecology, Sahara, Northern Africa, Mediterranean basin, Lateglacial/Holocene.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

Table of contents (24 chapters)
  • Plants and People in the African Past: Themes and Objectives of Archaeobotany

    Mercuri, Anna Maria (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Archaeobotanical Study at the Early Dynastic Cemetery in Helwan (3100–2600 BC), Egypt: Plant Diversity at Early Dynastic Memphis

    Moustafa, Adel (et al.)

    Pages 13-39

  • Study of Plant Remains from the Embalming Cache KV63 at Luxor, Egypt

    Hamdy, Rim (et al.)

    Pages 40-56

  • Farming and Trade in Amheida/Trimithis (Dakhla Oasis, Egypt): New Insights from Archaeobotanical Analysis

    Caracuta, Valentina (et al.)

    Pages 57-75

  • Archaeobotanical Studies from Hierakonpolis: Evidence for Food Processing During the Predynastic Period in Egypt

    Attia, Elshafaey A. E. (et al.)

    Pages 76-89

Buy this book

eBook $169.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89839-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $219.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89838-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Plants and People in the African Past
Book Subtitle
Progress in African Archaeobotany
Editors
  • Anna Maria Mercuri
  • A. Catherine D'Andrea
  • Rita Fornaciari
  • Alexa Höhn
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89839-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89839-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89838-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 576
Number of Illustrations
72 b/w illustrations, 73 illustrations in colour
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