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Archaeobotanical Research in Classical Archaeology

October 2022 (126.4)

State of the Discipline

Archaeobotanical Research in Classical Archaeology

The recovery, identification, and analysis of archaeobotanical remains can help address a wide range of archaeological and historical research questions, from foodways, to the agricultural economy, to ritual practice and social identity. This state of the discipline article reviews the application of archaeobotanical techniques to classical archaeology from historical, regional, and thematic perspectives. It also highlights current challenges and limitations in the field of archaeobotany. The article concludes with some suggestions for future directions to improve the practice and outcomes of the discipline. Classicalperiod archaeobotanical research has not yet reached its full potential, and despite facing some internal and external issues, we envision a bright future for both archaeobotanical and classical archaeological research with a greater degree of communication and collaboration between the two fields.

Archaeobotanical Research in Classical Archaeology
By Lisa Lodwick and Erica Rowan
American Journal of Archaeology Vol. 126, No. 4 (October 2022), pp. 593-623
DOI: 10.1086/720897
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