Updates on Archaeobotany

By Chioma Vivian Ngonadi, Associate Editor for Archaeonotany


1. A seminar-series format conference that runs from 18th of May until the 20th of June, 2021 was organised by the Two Rain Project Team to mark the end of the ERC-funded projects which concludes in August 2021. The Two Rains project is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Banaras Hindu University that set out to characterize human/environment interaction in times of stability, change and crisis by investigating the environmental and cultural context of the Indus Civilisation. Part of its aim was to situate these developments in a broader interdisciplinary perspective. The conference will bring together archaeologists and earth systems scientists who use cultural, environmental, and climatic datasets. It will use a seminar-series format and will consist of seven individual sessions spread across seven weeks where multiple papers are presented. 

2. A   call for papers for the session on – ‘Interdisciplinary approaches to conserving endangered crop diversity, agricultural and food heritage’ for the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) ‘Anthropology and Conservation Virtual Conference’ 25-29 October 2021. 

3.  6th Landscape Archaeology Conference LAC2020+21 (8-11 June 2021) entitled Surface, soils, flora, fauna and pots & pans: reconstructing mobility and settlement in the pre-industrial era.


1. Publication that deals with diachronic size variation in barley grain of Central Asia titled Interpreting Diachronic Size Variation in Prehistoric Central Asian Cereal Grains is out.

This paper could be relevant for people working outside central Asia and can be accessed via the link below:



2. A paper titled Agropastoral Economies and Land Use in Bronze Age Western Anatolia and published by the following authors John M. MarstonCanan ÇakırlarChristina LukePeter KováčikFrancesca G. SlimNami Shin & Christopher H. Roosevelt 

3. A publication dealing with additional, independent, grapevine domestication in the Levant, plus an indication for the Levantine origin of Chardonnay variety was published by the   following authors  Sivan, A,  Rahimi, O, Lavi, B, Salmon‐Divon, M., Weiss, E.,  Drori, E., Hübner, S.  This paper might be of interest to those interested in plant domestication issues, and wine drinking  and have shown that Genomic evidence supports an independent history of Levantine and Eurasian grapevines.  It can be accessed from the link below Plants, People, Planet 2021; 00: 1– 14. https://doi.org/10.1002/ppp3.10197

4. Bode, L.J.K., Livarda, A. and Jones, M.D. 2021. published a paper titled Plant gathering and people-environment interactions at Epipalaeolithic Kharaneh IV, Jordan. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany https://doi.org/10.1007/s00334-021-00839-w

A read-only version can be accessed using the link below:https://rdcu.be/cjQSE

5. A publication of a new paper in the Journal of Arid Environments entitled "Archaeobotanical analysis of food and fuel procurement from Fulayj fort (Oman, 5th-8th c. CE) including earliest secure evidence for sorghum in Eastern Arabia has been published". According to the authors, the discovery of sorghum grains as earthen imprints suggests that it may have been acclimatized, and consequently incorporated into the plant acquisition strategies set up locally by the populations. This evidence gives new insights about the diffusion of this tropical crop in the Middle East and the Indian Ocean during historical times. The paper is available in the following link:https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1c-aeVu7-wNrDIf the previous one doesn't work, you can use this one: https://we.tl/t-5PekuLX0Ix  


6. Sharing a link to a recent article on Camas management on the pacific northwest coast of the United States which substantiates traditional descriptions and practices of camas harvest. In this paper, the authors argued that residents of this region selectively harvested sexually mature bulbs and replanted immature bulbs a type of management practice that did not lead to domestication and that this traditional practice has been present for at least 4000 years.

Its open access at the Royal Society here:



7. Jennifer Bates' article titled "Is Domestication Speciation? The Implications of a Messy Domestication Model in the Holocene" has been published in Agronomy as part of the Special Issue Histories of Crops, between Niche Construction, Domestication and Diversification 

PDF Version: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/4/784/pdf
Special Issue:


8. A new popular science journal titled Past Global Changes Horizons designed for young readers is out.  The journal deals with paleosciences with humour and pedagogy. The first volume "Picture the past, change the future" is in open access here: 

9. The proceedings of the 7th International Meeting of Anthracology “Charcoal Science in Archaeology and Palaeoecology” are now published as a special issue (593-594) of Quaternary International Anthracology: Charcoal Science in Archaeology and Palaeoecology, edited by Eleni Asouti, Ceren Kabukcu Volumes 593–594