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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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November 23rd 2011:Thanksgiving Special: The Archaeology of Ancient Diets and Environments

Thanksgiving calls to mind a series of foods whose origins are assumed to be uniquely North American or European. In addition to the turkey, native to North America but domesticated in Europe, the balance of the traditional Thanksgiving diet consists of roots, berries, and plant foods whose origins are as exotic as they are diverse. Archaeology provides insights into former diets and environments because the remains of foods and plants are often preserved at ancient sites. They include burnt seeds, fossil grasses, and ancient pollen (yes, the kind that cause spring sneezing!). Their presence i

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Linda Scott-Cummings

Linda Scott-Cummings is founder (1972) and president of Paleo Research Institute (PRI) in Golden, Colorado. The firm originally focused on analyzing the botany at archaeological sites through scientific analysis and interpretations of pollen and seeds. Dr. Scott-Cummings received her Ph.D. in 1980. PRI’s services have expanded to include a variety of specialized human subsistence resource studies, including phytoliths (small silica casts of cells in plants), starch, protein residue, chemical assays of organic remains, and radiocarbon dating. PRI is now integrating multiple analyses to model past climates and to interpret the composition and human utilization of past environments. PRI has 10
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