HNAK00026U Analyses of plant macroremains in Archaeology

Volume 2016/2017

BA-tilvalg i Nærorientalsk arkæologi, 2007 eller

Master’s Programme in Ancient and Medieval Near Eastern Studies, 2008


Archaeobotany analyses plant remains from archaeological sites to shed light on the environment and the socio-economic characteristics of past societies and comprises the study of plant macroremains (i.e., seeds, wood charcoal, parenchymatic tissue, plant impressions) and plant microremains (i.e., pollen, phytoliths, starch). This course focuses on plant macroremains and will be taught with an emphasis on practical exercises, from recovery techniques to interpretation. Students will acquire basic skills necessary to conduct archaeobotanical investigations and thus, be able to characterise the interaction between past societies and their environment at any of the regions/periods of interest.

Learning Outcome

BA tilvalg 2007-studieordning:
Arkæobotanik (fagelementkode HNÆB15021E)

KA 2008 studieordning

Special Topics in Archaeology (Fagelement HNAK03221E)


-Pearsall, DM 2000, Paleoethnobotany: a handbook of procedures, Academic Press, San Diego.

-Rosen, AM 2007, Civilizing Climate: Social Responses to Climate Change in the Ancient Near East, Altamira, Lanham, MD.

-Zohary, D, Hopf, M & Weiss, E 2012, Domestication of plants in the Old World. 4th edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Lectures and exercises, individual analysis of materials and diskussions.
Students need to be able to read English.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 56,5
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Practical exercises
  • 14
  • Preparation
  • 200
  • Project work
  • 114
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment