5th Experimental Archaeology Conference Workshop Abstract – Inés López López-Dóriga

From the 5th Experimental Archaeology Conference, Reading,2011.

Plant-related experiments

Inés López López-Dóriga

Universidad de Cantabria

This session is specially focused on the presentation and discussion of specific methodologies to investigate the exploitation of vegetable resources by past societies, both through the direct study of botanical remains and indirectly from other kind of materials from archaeological sites (e.g. lithics, metalwork).

There will be 20 minutes per experiment: in the first 10 minutes, the researcher(s) will explain the objectives, methodology and results of the experiment; in the next 10 minutes, the experimental and/or archaeological materials will be displayed and discussed. At the end of the presentations, there will be a short period for questions and discussion.

The programme for this session is:

  • Introduction (Inés L. López-Dóriga)
  • Annelou Van Gijn: Plant fibre processing by means of flint implements
  • Inés L. López-Dóriga: Inferences about archaeological formation processes from hazelnut shell cracking and charring
  • Nattha Chuenwattana: Sticky or Plain: experimentation on charring effects in the different types of rice grains
  • Gill Campbell: Studying plant remains from a burnt down grubenhaus reconstruction at West Stow Anglo-Saxon village: understanding survival, sources and the nature of the assemblages
  • Questions and discussion
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