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The Lost Woodlands of Ancient NascaA Case-study in Ecological and Cultural Collapse$
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David Beresford-Jones

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264768

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264768.001.0001

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Tracing Human Ecology: The Archaeobotanical and Malacological Record

Tracing Human Ecology: The Archaeobotanical and Malacological Record

(p.81) 5. Tracing Human Ecology: The Archaeobotanical and Malacological Record
The Lost Woodlands of Ancient Nasca

David Beresford-Jones

British Academy

This chapter examines the ancient plant and other remains recovered from excavations. The purpose of archaeobotanical work was to reconstruct the human utilisation of plants in the past. The excavations focused on archaeological middens — the rubbish of ancient settlement. This is because they offer a record of human ecology, not least of changing human diet as evidenced in food refuse.

Keywords:   food refuse, rubbish, archaeological middens, human ecology, human diet

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