Plant Utilization in Southeastern New Mexico: Botany, Ethnobotany and Archaeology

Author(s): William Whitehead; Conor Flynn

Year: 2017


This guide covers the most common plants found in the Bureau of Land Management, Carlsbad Field Office (CFO) region and documents their uses by the Native peoples of Southeast New Mexico, both archaeologically and historically. This book provides descriptions and photographs of 55 families, covering 172 species, with another 159 species mentioned as part of the description of a similar species, for a total of 331 plant species. There are over 700 photographs, 190 tables, and 190 figures. Discussion and summaries of the landscape, plant communities, archaeology, ethnobotany and paleoethnobotany are given to place the botanical information in a broad context, both in time and space. This reference guide should be useful for professionals working in the fields of archaeology, ethnography, botany, biology, and natural resource management. It is hoped that it will be even more helpful, educational, and inspirational to members of the public without previous education or experience in these areas. We have endeavored to follow Thoreau’s maxim to “simplify, simplify…” and every editorial decision has been made to design this book to be used by anyone.

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Plant Utilization in Southeastern New Mexico: Botany, Ethnobotany and Archaeology. William Whitehead, Conor Flynn. Carlsbad, New Mexico: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carlsbad New Mexico. 2017 ( tDAR id: 427637) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8P27160

Spatial Coverage

min long: -105.425; min lat: 31.803 ; max long: -102.876; max lat: 33.431 ;

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Manual of plants of anthropological, archaeological, and ecological importance in Southeastern New Mexico.