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Advances in Morphometrics in Archaeobotany

Murphy, CA; Portillo, M; Ball, TB; Pérez-Díaz, S; Ruiz-Alonso, M; Aceituno, FJ; López-Sáez, JA; (2020) Advances in Morphometrics in Archaeobotany. Environmental Archaeology , 25 (2) pp. 246-256. 10.1080/14614103.2019.1569351. Green open access

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Abstract

Morphometric analysis offers an alternative or augmentation to traditional archaeobotanical methods to address differences within and between plant species and their remains, refining and enhancing taxonomic resolution. Morphometrics, the measurement of size and shape, and the multivariate statistical analysis of generated quantitative variables, have long played a major role in biological research, including plant taxonomy and systematics, although its application in archaeobotany is relatively recent. Over the last few decades there has been an increasing interest in the use of morphometrics for analysing a varied range of archaeological plant materials (mainly seeds, pollen, phytoliths, and starch grains). In particular, morphometrics have contributed to the study of the domestication and spread of many cereals world-wide, as well as that of other taxa including legumes, underground storage organs (USO), and fruits (such as olives, grapes, and dates). This paper reviews current methodologies, recent applications, and advances in the use of morphometrics in archaeobotanical research, discusses its role in exploring major research questions, and suggests possible future directions for its use.

Type: Article
Title: Advances in Morphometrics in Archaeobotany
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14614103.2019.1569351
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14614103.2019.1569351
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Morphometry, computer-assisted image analysis, archaeobotany, macro-botanical remains, micro-botanical remains.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10065644
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