George Willcox, an archaeobotanist
affiliated with the University of Lyon in France, agrees that the geographical distance of the Zagros Mountains from the western Fertile Crescent could suggest an independent origin for crop cultivation.
Archaeobotanical investigations in medieval towns of Finland (Vuorela & Hiekkanen 1991; Vuorela & Lempiainen 1993; Vuorela 1994), as well as attempts made in this field in the suburban areas of medieval Tallinn (Kihno 1995a), encouraged the archaeologist Mare Aun to involve both an archaeobotanist
and a palynologist in the project (Hiie 1995; 2002; Kihno 1995b).
Wild cereal cultivation began around the same time at sites extending east from the West Bank, Turkey, Syria and the Mediterranean island of Cyprus to Iraq and Iran, writes archaeobotanist
George Willcox of Lumiere University Lyon 2, France, in the same issue of Science.
Klaus Oeggl of the University of Innsbruck in Austria reported in 2000 that high levels of a binding material used in Otzi's equipment appeared not just near his body but also on a ridge that includes the burial platform proposed by Vanzetti's team.
At the site, Kemp's team found large, well-heated conical vats that were encrusted on the inside with a cereal-based residue, says Kemp's colleague Delwen Samuel, an archaeobotanist
at University College London.
Delwen Samuel, an archaeobotanist
at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge in England, examined the samples with both optical and scanning electron microscopes.
The research team is comprised archaeologists with a joint support of anthropologists, archaeobotanists
, conservators and restorers.
Pedologists and archaeobotanists
have conducted sampling and measurements," but in only two sectors of ridged fields (p.
The Project also partnered with archaeobotanists
at Paleo-Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, to conduct a pilot study using soil samples from the collection.
A successor to Beijerinck's 1947 seed atlas, which has been out of print since 1976 and was significantly outdated anyway, has been produced cooperatively by archaeobotanists
This review seeks to compile whatever is known of the past use of palms in America, as documented by remains, and to call the attention of archaeobotanists
and archaeologists to this important family, which was perhaps as important as corn and cassava in the development of prehispanic societies in the Americas.