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The Emergence and Distribution of Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) in the Upper Tennessee River Valley

Author(s): Gary Crites ; Timothy Baumann ; Lynne Sullivan

Year: 2015

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This is a preliminary study of beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) recovered from late prehistoric and historic Native American sites in East Tennessee. Beans are known to be the last domesticated plant that was adopted by late prehistoric cultures in the Eastern Woodlands. In the Southeast, the emergence of beans is not clearly understood because no regional studies have been done and very few samples have been directly dated to establish a chronology. This problem is addressed by analyzing the spatial and chronological distribution of beans recovered within and across sites from the Upper Tennessee River Valley.

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The Emergence and Distribution of Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) in the Upper Tennessee River Valley. Timothy Baumann, Gary Crites, Lynne Sullivan. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398311)


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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

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