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Economic Botany

, 54:155 | Cite as

An ethnobotanical study in Central Anatolia (Turkey)

  • Füsun Ertuğ
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Abstract

This study examines both edible plants and non-food uses of plants in a limited area to provide clues for archaeologists, to interpret their findings including the reconstruction of former diets. The results are based on an ethnoarchaeological study conducted in 1994-1995 on the traditional subsistence economy of a contemporary village, in close proximity to a pre-ceramic Neolithic site, Aşikli, in the Aksaray province of Central Anatolia. As a part of this study, about 600 plant specimens were collected, of which over 300 were considered useful by the villagers. Through this study the floral potential of a limited area, and the richness of the traditional knowledge of plants was documented to provide clues to archaeologists, archaeobotanists, botanists, pharmacologists, economists, and perhaps to the planners of future local development projects.

Key Words

ethnobotany archaeobotany food and non-food plants Central Anatolia Turkey 

Orta Anadoluda (Türkiye) Bir Etnobotanik ÇAliŞmasi

Résumé

BU çahşmada, arkeologlara karşilaştirma malzemesi sağlamak ve geçmişte yasamis insanlann gida rejimleriyle yaşam biçimlerini yeniden oluşturabilmelerine yardimci olmak üzere, bir köyün ’erişim alani’ içindeki yenen ve diğer amaçlarla kullamlan yararh bitkiler araştinlmiştir. 1994-1995 yillannda Orta Anadolu’da Aksaray ilinde, çanak-çö mlek öncesi Neolitik döneme ait Aşikli yerleşmesine yakin modern bir köyde geleneksel geçim ekonomisini konu alan bir etnoarkeolojik çalişma gerçekleştirilmiş; bu çalişmanin bir bölümü olarak 600’e yakin bitki örneği toplanmiş ve 300’ü aşkin bitkinin köylülerce adlandirildiği ve çoğunun kullanildiğ. Bu çalişma, dar bir alandaki bitki kapasitesinin zenginliğini ve bitkilere ilişkin geleneksel bilginin derinliğini göstererek arkeologlara, arkeobotanikçilere, botanikçilere, farmakologlara, ekonomistlere ve belki yerel kalkinma projeleri hazirlayan planlamacilara önemli ipuçlari sunmaktadir.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Füsun Ertuğ
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  1. 1.Ridvan Paşa SokGöztepe-Istanbul

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