Deborah M. Pearsall

University of Missouri

I am a paleoethnobotanist who studied macroremains (macrobotanical remains), phytoliths, and starch grains, primarily from sites in the lowland Neotropics, most frequently in Ecuador and the Caribbean region. Early in my career I also worked in highland and coastal Peru. I retired from the University of Missouri in 2013 and am a Professor Emerita of the Anthropology Department. I am the author of Paleoethnobotany: A Handbook of Procedures; Cases Studies in Paleoethnobotany: Understanding Ancient Lifeways through the Study of Phytoliths, Starch, Macroremains, and Pollen; Plants and People in Ancient Ecuador: The Ethnobotany of the Jama River Valley; and Piperno and Pearsall, The Origins of Agriculture in the Neotropics.


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