Illustrated Phytoliths from Assorted Food Plants

  • Linda Scott Cummings
Part of the Advances in Archaeological and Museum Science book series (AAMS, volume 1)


Various food plants were examined for phytoliths. Identification of cultivation or availability of food plants may rest with recovery of phytoliths from the edible or even inedible portions of the plants. Recovery of phytoliths from coprolites represents the edible portions, and may be used to identify plants that contributed to the diet. Occasionally another portion of the plant produces yet another type of phytolith, which might be recovered from plant parts that decay in place when examining sites such as garden plots.


Hair Cell Prickly Pear Phytolith Analysis Luffa Sponge Sodium Poly Tungstate 
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