Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 135–142

Food plants in anthropogenic sediments as represented in pollen and macrofossil spectra: a case study on waterlogged Roman sediments from Switzerland and Alsace, France

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00334-014-0481-z

Cite this article as:
Vandorpe, P. & Wick, L. Veget Hist Archaeobot (2015) 24: 135. doi:10.1007/s00334-014-0481-z


The present study combines results of pollen and macrofossil analysis to examine the preservation of food plants in on-site archaeological deposits from various Roman waterlogged sites in Switzerland and Alsace (France). Through the integration of pollen and macrofossil analysis a much wider range of food plants is recorded, and it is clear that the plant spectra of both proxy data sets are complementary. The combined analyses enables new insights into food consumption and preparation, and issues of local cultivation and/or the import of food plants can be approached.


Archaeobotany Pollen Macrofossils Food plants Roman 

Supplementary material

334_2014_481_MOESM1_ESM.pdf (139 kb)
ESM 1 Overview of the food plants found in the thirteen studied samples. Macrofossils are listed as concentrations per litre of sediment, pollen is listed as percentages of the total pollen sum (PDF 138 kb)

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science (IPAS)University of BaselBaselSwitzerland

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