Economic Botany

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 78–102

Archaeological manioc (Manihot) from Coastal Peru

  • Donald Ugent
  • Shelia Pozorski
  • Thomas Pozorski
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02858949

Cite this article as:
Ugent, D., Pozorski, S. & Pozorski, T. Econ Bot (1986) 40: 78. doi:10.1007/BF02858949

Abstract

Preserved remains of manioc(Manihot) from 6 archaeological sites in the Casma Valley of Peru are illustrated and described. The combined collections from these sites total 197 pieces of root, 32 bark fragments, 22 pieces of stem, 4 capsules, and 2 leaf twigs. Based on radiocarbon assays, the specimens range in age from 1800 B.C. to A.D. 1532. This collection of sweet manioc is unique for its age, number, and wealth of different plant parts. A theory on the place of origin and time of domestication of these ancient cultivars is given in the conclusions of this paper.

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© New York Botanical Garden 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Ugent
    • 1
  • Shelia Pozorski
    • 2
  • Thomas Pozorski
    • 2
  1. 1.Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale
  2. 2.Associate Research ProfessorUniversity of Denver