Marshall, Dawn Marie (2007-12). Ethnopalynological appplications in land and water based archaeology. Doctoral Dissertation. Thesis uri icon

abstract

  • Ethnopalynology is a specialty within palynology that centers specifically on past and present palynological data related to humans. Palynological data may be a significant tool to archaeologists if the applications and limitations are clearly understood. The following is a compilation of historical references, information on the processing procedures used in pollen research, the types of samples that are appropriate for palynological analysis within the discipline of archaeology, and examples of how palynological data can answer some questions regarding diet, the environment, building materials and chronological data. An extensive literature review was performed and revealed incongruities and areas that could be improved upon. This dissertation is a result of that research. Experimentation with palynological processing procedures indicate that commonly used methodologies may be flawed and should be reviewed regularly. New methodologies in the dissolution of resins, or plant exudates, is a relatively new application for pollen research and an area where there is a potential for future growth. Palynological applications to archaeology are beginning to expand in previously unknown directions. The extrication of pollen from plant exudates or resin is only one new area of research. This and other avenues are still waiting to be explored.
  • Ethnopalynology is a specialty within palynology that centers specifically on past
    and present palynological data related to humans. Palynological data may be a
    significant tool to archaeologists if the applications and limitations are clearly
    understood. The following is a compilation of historical references, information on the
    processing procedures used in pollen research, the types of samples that are appropriate
    for palynological analysis within the discipline of archaeology, and examples of how
    palynological data can answer some questions regarding diet, the environment, building
    materials and chronological data. An extensive literature review was performed and
    revealed incongruities and areas that could be improved upon. This dissertation is a
    result of that research. Experimentation with palynological processing procedures
    indicate that commonly used methodologies may be flawed and should be reviewed
    regularly. New methodologies in the dissolution of resins, or plant exudates, is a
    relatively new application for pollen research and an area where there is a potential for
    future growth. Palynological applications to archaeology are beginning to expand in previously unknown directions. The extrication of pollen from plant exudates or resin is
    only one new area of research. This and other avenues are still waiting to be explored.

publication date

  • December 2007