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Chapter 4. Linking the archaeology and ethnobotany: an interpretation of ancient plant remains from Stk’emlupsemc traditional territory

Wollstonecroft, MM; Baptiste, G; (2016) Chapter 4. Linking the archaeology and ethnobotany: an interpretation of ancient plant remains from Stk’emlupsemc traditional territory. In: Ignace, MB and Turner, NJ and Peacock, SL, (eds.) Secwepemc People and Plants: Research Papers in Shuswap Ethnobotany. (pp. 126-176). Society of Ethnobiology and Shuswap Nation Tribal Council: Tacoma, Washington, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter analyzes and interprets the ancient plant remains from the archaeological site EeRb 140 and links these to the ethnobotanical record to suggest they represent women’s seasonal plant-processing activities spanning a period of nearly 800 years. It identifies more than 30 taxa of plants recovered from the charred macrobotanical remains of two hearths, including five types of berries, two types of nuts, one edible root, and a variety of species used as fuel and matting, and compares these results with archaeobotanical assemblages from other plant-processing sites in the region. These data are used in conjunction with the lithic and faunal assemblages from the hearth to suggest that EeRb 140 represents a new type of site in Plateau archaeology—a multi-purpose, seasonal plant processing site used by women in the spring and summer for preparing roots and berries on the mid-altitude terraces along the South Thompson River during the Late Prehistoric Period.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Chapter 4. Linking the archaeology and ethnobotany: an interpretation of ancient plant remains from Stk’emlupsemc traditional territory
ISBN-13: 978-0-9887330-4-6
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://ethnobiology.org/publications/contribution...
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: Paleoethnobotany, macrobotanical assemblages, plant-processing sites, women’s activities, Secwepemc, Plateau archaeology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1546866
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