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Wari-Bateshwar and Vikrampura: Successful Case Studies in Archaeobotany, Bangladesh

Rahman, M; Murphy, C; Weisskopf, A; Champion, L; Castillo, C; Fuller, D; (2019) Wari-Bateshwar and Vikrampura: Successful Case Studies in Archaeobotany, Bangladesh. Man and Environment , XLIV (1) Green open access

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Abstract

Archaeological research in Bangladesh is a relatively new discipline with archaeological excavations beginning in the late 20th century. The first Archaeology Department in Bangladesh was established at Jahangirnagar University in 1992. As in other tropical areas, palaeo-environmental research has been slow to be adopted and carried out in Bangladesh. This article uses the excavations of Wari-Bateshwar and Vikrampura as successful case studies of the first systematic environmental archaeological recovery undertaken by a joint Anglo-Bangladesh team led by Mizanur Rahman from the Department of Archaeology, Jahangirnagar University (JU) with collaboration from University College London (UCL), Institute of Archaeology. Despite long-held assumptions regarding the poor preservation and recovery of archaeobotanical remains in tropical conditions flotation results from Wari Bateshwar and Vikrampura were successful. The recovered archaeobotanical remains suggest that the inhabitants at these sites likely practised rice and millet agriculture in permanent settlements and importantly demonstrate that environmental sampling is worthwhile even in the tropical conditions found in Bangladesh.

Type: Article
Title: Wari-Bateshwar and Vikrampura: Successful Case Studies in Archaeobotany, Bangladesh
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.manandenvironment.org/g-about-journal.h...
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: Bangladesh, Archaeobotany, Flotation, Wari-Bateshwar, Vikrampura, Environmental Science, Agriculture, Rice
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081769
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