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Prehistoric Plant Utilization in Southeastern New Mexico: A unique publication merging academic and public interests

Author(s): William Whitehead

Year: 2015

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The investigation of plant use, in southeastern New Mexico, in prehistory has been widely covered, this project continues this tradition by synthesizing and compiling all of the information to date in the region. The Carlsbad Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, administrators of the Permian Basin Mitigation Program, is sponsoring the publication of a reference book on prehistoric plant use in Southeastern New Mexico. This free text will bring together recent work in radiocarbon dating, range plant community studies, testing and data recovery reports, academic sources and modern uses in one location on over 100 taxa. Images of whole plants, seeds, pollen, phytoliths and other plant parts will make this text a must for paleoethnobotanists, while information on culinary uses, landscaping, gardening, and summary data of the prehistory of each plant will be of interest to a more general audience. An emphasis will be placed on modern uses of native plants, and how each plant can fit into landscape management and habitat restoration.

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Prehistoric Plant Utilization in Southeastern New Mexico: A unique publication merging academic and public interests. William Whitehead. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397836)


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min long: -105.835; min lat: 31.909 ; max long: -102.805; max lat: 34.077 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America