Definition of palaeoethnobotany in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpalɪəʊˌɛθnəʊˈbɒtəni/
(US paleoethnobotany)


[mass noun]
The branch of ethnobotany that deals archaeologically with the remains of plants cultivated or used by human beings.
Example sentences
  • Palaeoethnobotany, as a field of inquiry, draws upon several types of archaeobotanical analyses.
  • Areas of particular interest include: crop evolution, domestication, crop-weed relationships, related wild species, history of cultivated plants including palaeoethnobotany.



Pronunciation: /ˌpalɪəʊˌɛθnəʊbəˈtanɪk(ə)l/ /ˌpeɪlɪəʊˌɛθnəʊbəˈtanɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Quantification of paleoethnobotanical data has helped archaeologists recognize plant-use strategies by prehistoric people in the American Bottom region of Illinois.
  • This pattern is in clear contrast to the paleoethnobotanical record beginning around A.D.100 and continuing to the Contact period, in which cultigens seem to have played a prominent, if not central, role in the populations' diets.
  • The following discussions utilize both ubiquity and density measurements as well as percentage calculations estimating the importance of specific taxa in the paleoethnobotanical record of the site.


Example sentences
  • This practice is followed by the majority of paleoethnobotanists, especially when dealing with open-air sites in the Midwest.
  • She is an archaeologist and palaeoethnobotanist whose principal research interests are the investigation of plant domestication, the development of agricultural landscapes, and the emergence of complex societies in the Americas.
  • Classical archaeologists specialize in the cultures of the ancient Greco-Roman world, while palaeoethnobotanists explore ways that botanical residues of ancient and prehistoric cultures can tell us about their economies and social systems.
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