Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 187–196 | Cite as

Archaeobotanical finds from the Nadymsky Gorodok medieval settlement in the forest-tundra of Western Siberia, Russia

  • Olga Korona
Original Article


The article presents archaeobotanical records from a cultural layer of the medieval settlement Nadymsky Gorodok located in the West Siberian forest-tundra. The obtained plant macrofossil complexes reveal the natural environment at the time of colonization, as well as housekeeping peculiarities of the indigenous inhabitants in the study region. According to archaeological and tree-ring analysis data, people founded the Nadymsky Gorodok settlement in the 12th century ad and stayed there till ad 1730. Ruderal plant macrofossils prevail in the majority of complexes. The absence of cultivated and segetal plants proves that agriculture was not practiced at this site during the Middle Ages. Abundant remains of edible wild plants indicate the important role of gathering in the life of the Nadymsky Gorodok inhabitants.


Plant macrofossils Middle Ages Nadymsky Gorodok Indigenous people Forest-tundra Western Siberia 



The study was supported by Program of UB RAS, Project No 12-4-7-035. I would like to thank Oleg Kardash and his colleagues from “RPA Northern archaeology” OOO (LLC) and Tatiana Lobanova for their help in collecting samples during field work, Pavel Kosintsev, Elena Lapteva and Svetlana Trofimova from the Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology UB RAS, and Natalia Soboleva for their suggestions and assistance in the preparation of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, Ural BranchRussian Academy of SciencesYekaterinburgRussian Federation

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