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Current Northeast Paleoethnobotany II

Author(s): John P. Hart ; Mark A. McConaughy ; Nancy Asch Sidell ; Elizabeth Chilton ; Ninian R. Stein ; Tonya Largy ; E. Pierre Morenon ; Katy Serpa ; Timothy C. Messner ; Ruth Dickau ; Eleanora A. Reber ; William A. Lovis ; G. William Monaghan ; Robert H. Pihl ; Stephen G. Monckton ; David A. Robertson ; Robert F. Williamson ; Michael Deal ; Sara Halwas ; Jeffrey C. M. Bendremer ; Elaine L. Thomas ; Jack Rossen ; John Edward Terrell

Editor(s): John P. Hart

Year: 2008

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In northeastern North America our understandings of prehistoric human–plant relationships, the subject of paleoethnobotany, continue to change as more samples are taken, examined, and compared to extant records. The results of these analyses are no longer relegated to the appendices of archaeological site reports, but constitute important contributions to our understandings of Native American lifeways in the Northeast, on their own and in combination with other lines of evidence. This volume is another such contribution, bringing together a series of chapters that represent some of the range of work being done in this vital field of inquiry.

The chapters in this volume stem from a symposium I organized for the 2006 Society for American Archaeology annual meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The goal of the symposium was to commemorate the tenth anniversary of a symposium that I organized for the 1996 New York Natural Historic Conference at the New York State Museum in Albany. That symposium eventually gave rise to New York State Museum Bulletin 494, Current Northeast Paleoethnobotany (Hart 1999a). Beyond that was my desire to bring to the fore progress that had been made in the field over the intervening years. What is the nature of paleoethnobotanical research Northeast in the mid-2000s?

In the 10 years between the two symposia there have been considerable changes in the discipline. Most of these changes are related to analytical techniques that are providing new lines of evidence on prehistoric human–plant interactions. There have also been changes in methods and theories that provide the basis for understanding how humans made use of plants in the past and how those uses impacted other aspects of human behavior. The impacts of these changes are evident in many of the current volume’s chapters.

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Current Northeast Paleoethnobotany II. John P. Hart, Mark A. McConaughy, Nancy Asch Sidell, Elizabeth Chilton, Ninian R. Stein, Tonya Largy, E. Pierre Morenon, Katy Serpa, Timothy C. Messner, Ruth Dickau, Eleanora A. Reber, William A. Lovis, G. William Monaghan, Robert H. Pihl, Stephen G. Monckton, David A. Robertson, Robert F. Williamson, Michael Deal, Sara Halwas, Jeffrey C. M. Bendremer, Elaine L. Thomas, Jack Rossen, John Edward Terrell, John P. Hart. New York State Museum Bulletin Series ,512. Albany, NY: The New York State Education Department. 2008 ( tDAR id: 391817) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8M32XZB


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Contact(s): The University of the State of New York ; New York State Museum ; New York State Education Department

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