An Analysis of Pollen Recovered from the Greenhouse at Wye House Plantation, Maryland

Author(s): Heather Trigg; Susan Jacobucci

Year: 2010


Nineteen soil samples from a historic greenhouse and slave quarter context located at the Wye House Plantation in Maryland were submitted to the Fiske Center for palynological analysis. Over 120 distinct taxa were identified, including many ornamental taxa such as Hibiscus sp. (Hibiscus) and Citrus sp. (lemons, limes and oranges) as well as a full spectrum of ambient pollen rain. Analysis of samples from the slave quarters suggested the possible utilization and/or consumption of plants such as arrowhead (Sagitteria sp.), European cereals and maize (Zea mays), as well as plants belonging to the Musaceae (Banana), Rosaceae (Rose) and Brassicaceae (Mustard and Cabbage) families.

Cite this Record

An Analysis of Pollen Recovered from the Greenhouse at Wye House Plantation, Maryland. Heather Trigg, Susan Jacobucci. Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research Cultural Management Study ,38. Boston, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Boston. 2010 ( tDAR id: 367865) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8NS0RTM

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1780 to 1900

Spatial Coverage

min long: -76.2; min lat: 38.827 ; max long: -76.154; max lat: 38.861 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Mark P. Leone


General Note: Report embargoed at the request of Project Director Mark Leone as further archaeological research at this site is still underway.

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