Original Article

Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 93-104

Archaeobotanical samples from non-specific urban contexts as a tool for reconstructing environmental conditions (examples from Elbląg and Kołobrzeg, northern Poland)

  • Malgorzata LatalowaAffiliated withLaboratory of Palaeoecology and Archaeobotany, Dept. of Plant Ecology, University of Gdańsk Email author 
  • , Monika BaduraAffiliated withLaboratory of Palaeoecology and Archaeobotany, Dept. of Plant Ecology, University of Gdańsk
  • , Joanna JarosińskaAffiliated withLaboratory of Palaeoecology and Archaeobotany, Dept. of Plant Ecology, University of Gdańsk

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Abstract

The botanical composition of samples from culture layers, explored in two medieval towns in northern Poland, is discussed with respect to their potential as a source of environmental data. The frequency of selected taxa and the proportion of their diaspores in the actualistic groups of weed and grassland species, as well as the distribution of indices for edaphic factors were used as indicators of the natural environment around and inside the towns, and of some aspects of agriculture. The comparison of the results from both towns affords new evidence for a better understanding of archaeobotanical data from culture layers of non-specific, complex origin.

Keywords

Archaeobotany Urban sites Medieval period Environmental conditions Anthropogenic flora Northern Poland