Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 381–392

Crop processing of Olea europaea L.: an experimental approach for the interpretation of archaeobotanical olive remains

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00334-007-0122-x

Cite this article as:
Margaritis, E. & Jones, M. Veget Hist Archaeobot (2008) 17: 381. doi:10.1007/s00334-007-0122-x


Archaeobotanical research, ethnographic observations and laboratory experiments are put together to create model sequences of olive processing, which are developed, presented and explored as an aid for the interpretation of rich archaeobotanical assemblages of Olea. We conclude that the remains of different processing stages are reasonably distinctive in the archaeobotanical record and assist in the identification of different types of olive remains, such as fragmented olive stones, the inner kernels, and fruit flesh


Olea europaea Oil extraction Archaeobotany Experimental charring Crop processing 

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© Springer Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wiener LaboratoryAmerican School of Classical Studies at AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Pitt-Rivers LaboratoryMcDonald Institute for Archaeological ResearchCambridgeUK

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