Archaeobotany in Australia and New Guinea: Practice, Potential and Prospects

Tim Denham, Jennifer Atchison, Jeremy J. Austin, Sheahan Bestel, Doreen Bowdery, Alison Crowther, Nic Dolby, Andrew S. Fairbairn, Judith Field, Amanda Kennedy, Carol Lentfer, Carney Matheson, Sue Nugent, Jeff Parr, Matthew Prebble, Gail Robertson, Jim Richard Specht, Robin Torrence, Huw Barton, Richard FullagarSimon Haberle, Mark Horrocks, Tara Lewis, Peter Matthews

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    Abstract

    Archaeobotany is the study of plant remains from archaeological contexts. Despite Australasian research being at the forefront of several methodological innovations over the last three decades, archaeobotany is now a relatively peripheral concern to most archaeological projects in Australia and New Guinea. In this paper, many practicing archaeobotanists working in these regions argue for a more central role for archaeobotany in standard archaeological practice. An overview of archaeobotanical techniques and applications is presented, the potential for archaeobotany to address key historical research questions is indicated, and initiatives designed to promote archaeobotany and improve current practices are outlined.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    JournalAustralian Archaeology
    Volume68
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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