Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology Applied to Historical Ecology

  • Mariana Franco CassinoEmail author
  • Rubana Palhares Alves
  • Carolina Levis
  • Jennifer Watling
  • André Braga Junqueira
  • Myrtle P. Shock
  • Maria Julia Ferreira
  • Victor Lery Caetano Andrade
  • Laura P. Furquim
  • Sara Deambrozi Coelho
  • Eduardo Kazuo Tamanaha
  • Eduardo Góes Neves
  • Charles R. Clement
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In this chapter, the reader will find guidelines and suggestions for the application of ethnobotanical and ethnoecological methods in archaeological sites and their surroundings, aiming to establish a closer dialogue between ethnobiology and archaeology for understanding the human history of past and present landscapes. The goal of such methodological proposals is to document the knowledge and practices of human populations that live on and around archaeological sites concerning the vegetation of these areas. The methods presented here can shed light on specific questions about the relationships between past human populations and their plant resources (e.g., practices of use, management, and domestication), helping to understand how people transformed the landscape and how the legacies of such relationships are visible in the present. This chapter is collectively written by ethnobiologists, botanists, ecologists, and archaeologists from several institutions working in the Amazon basin. Thus, examples presented here come mainly from research conducted in this region.

Key words

Archaeological sites Useful plants Domesticated landscapes Landscape transformations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariana Franco Cassino
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rubana Palhares Alves
    • 2
  • Carolina Levis
    • 2
  • Jennifer Watling
    • 3
  • André Braga Junqueira
    • 4
  • Myrtle P. Shock
    • 5
  • Maria Julia Ferreira
    • 6
  • Victor Lery Caetano Andrade
    • 7
  • Laura P. Furquim
    • 3
  • Sara Deambrozi Coelho
    • 2
  • Eduardo Kazuo Tamanaha
    • 1
  • Eduardo Góes Neves
    • 3
  • Charles R. Clement
    • 8
  1. 1.Laboratório de ArqueologiaInstituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá (IDSM)TeféBrazil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós Graduação em EcologiaInstituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA)ManausBrazil
  3. 3.Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (MAE)University of São Paulo (USP)São PauloBrazil
  4. 4.International Institute for SustainabilityRio de JaneiroBrazil
  5. 5.Programa de Antropologia e ArqueologiaUniversidade Federal do Oeste do Pará, Santarém (UFOPA)ParáBrazil
  6. 6.Programa de Pós Graduação em BotânicaInstituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA)ManausBrazil
  7. 7.Department of ArchaeologyMax Planck Institute for the Science of Human HistoryJenaGermany
  8. 8.Coordenação de Tecnologia e InovaçãoInstituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA)ManausBrazil

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