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Archaeobotany
Code: 74639
ECTS: 4.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Renata Šoštarić - Lectures
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English level:

1,0,0

All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.
Load:

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Description:
LEARNING OUTCOMES
1. Identifying the most frequent types of plant remains and taxa which occur in archaeobotanical samples.
2. Implementing into archaeobotanical researches and analyses knowledge of botany, ecology, archaeology and horticulture.
3. Planning and realising the archaeobotanical part of complex archaeological excavation: defining method and strategy of sampling, quantity and processing method of samples.
4. Connecting the archaeobotanical results with archaeological context and results of other parallel and earlier researches.
5. Interpreting the archaeobotanical results according to historical period, geographical region and climate they originate.


COURSE CONTENT
1. Introduction: what is archaeobotany?
2. Plant domestication.
3. Cereals.
4. Pulses. Oil crops.
5. Fibre crops. Traditional growing and processing the flax.
6. Fruit trees and nuts: beginning of cultivation and overview of the species.
7. Useful plants collected from the wild.
8. Condiments. Vegetables. Dyes.
9. Indicator plants.
10. Collecting and processing the samples.
11. Wood analysis.
12. Pollen analysis.
13. Phytolith analysis.
14. Applying the archaeobotanical analyses: the case studies.


EXERCISES
1. Cereals.
2. Pulses. Fibre crops.
3. Oil crops. The oldest method of extracting the oil.
4. Fruit trees and nuts.
5. Useful plants collected from the wild.
6. Condiments. Vegetables.
7. Dyes. Textile dyeing.
8. Indicator plants.
9. Analysis of the laboratory archaeobotanical samples and results.
10. Processing the samples from archaeological site: dry and water screening.
11. Plant remains extraction and identification.
12. Interpretation the archaeobotanical results from archaeological site.
Literature:
  1. 1. Pearsall D. M. (2000.) Paleoethnobotany : a handbook of procedures. Academic Press, Sandiego.
  2. 2. Zohary D., Hopf M., Weiss E. (2012) Domestication of Plants in the Old World (4th ed.).
    Oxford University Press, New York.
  3. 3. Jacomet, S. (2006) Identification of cereal remains from archaeological sites. (2nd ed.). Published by the IPAS, Basel University.
3. semester
Izborni predmeti - Mandatory modul - Botany
Consultations schedule: