Economic Botany

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 182–192 | Cite as

Archaeological potato tuber remains from the casma valley of peru

  • Donald Ugent
  • Shelia Pozorski
  • Thomas Pozorski


A collection of 21 preserved tubers of the potato from 4 archaeological sites situated in the Casma Valley of Peru is illustrated and described. The collections from these sites date from the Preceramic Period (2000 B.C.) to the Initial Ceramic Period (1200 B.C.). Identification of the tuber remains was undertaken through a stud) of their starch grains. Comparative material used for this purpose included other archaeological collections of tuber remains from the sites of Chilca and Pachacamac, as well as the fresh and dried tubers of modern-day wild and cultivated potato species.


Starch Methylene Blue Potato Tuber Skin Color Sweet Potato 
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© The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 10458 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Ugent
    • 1
  • Shelia Pozorski
    • 2
  • Thomas Pozorski
    • 3
  1. 1.Associate Professor of BotanySouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondale
  2. 2.Honorary Assistant Curator, Section of ManCarnegie Museum of Natural HistoryPittsburgh
  3. 3.Assistant Curator, Section of ManCarnegie Museum of Natural HistoryUSA

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