Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 241–244 | Cite as

Paleobot.org: establishing open-access online reference collections for archaeobotanical research

  • Christina Warinner
  • Jade d’Alpoim Guedes
  • David Goode
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Abstract

Difficulty in accessing high quality reference materials has been a limiting factor in the advancement of archaeobotanical research. However, new developments in online open source content management technology and faster downloading capabilities make high quality and low cost dynamic online curation of archaeobotanical reference images increasingly feasible. We describe the establishment of Paleobot.org, an open access online reference collection database for macrobotanical, microbotanical and isotopic data to help standardize and improve the identification of archaeobotanical remains.

Keywords

Digital reference collection Macrobotanical remains Phytolith Starch Pollen Archaeobotany 

Supplementary material

334_2011_282_MOESM1_ESM.pdf (57 kb)
ESM Selected online archaeobotanical resources (PDF 57 kb)

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christina Warinner
    • 1
  • Jade d’Alpoim Guedes
    • 2
  • David Goode
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Evolutionary Medicine, Institute of AnatomyUniversity of ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Harvard College, Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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