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Ethnobotany and ethnoecology applied to historical ecology


Caetano Andrade,  Victor Lery
Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Cassino, M. F., Alves, R. P., Levis, C., Watling, J., Junqueira, A. B., Shock, M. P., et al. (2019). Ethnobotany and ethnoecology applied to historical ecology. In U. P. Albuquerque, R. F. P. de Lucena, L. V. F. Cruz da Cunha, & R. R. N. Alves (Eds.), Methods and techniques in ethnobiology and ethnoecology (pp. 187-208). New York, NY: Springer New York. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-8919-5.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0002-822E-8
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.