Digging into the Past, April 2018
"The Specialized Field of Archaeobotany"
with Katharine Reinhart
April 27th, 2018 1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission
One of the least discussed specialized fields of study within archaeology is archaeobotanical analysis. Despite being a neglected form of investigation, archaeobotany has the potential to provide researchers with invaluable data that can offer insights into such things as to what our ancestors were eating, using for medicine, and even give researchers a timetable for when a site was occupied. Katharine will be using case studies from her own experiences in historical archaeology to explain what archaeobotany is, what it can tell us, and why this is such an important vein of research.
Katharine has been doing historical archaeology with an archaeobotanical focus since her first field school excavation of an antebellum slave cabin site in western Tennessee in 2012. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Sociology from Rhodes College in Memphis, she began pursuing a career in New England cultural resource management as a field archaeologist in 2014. She has also completed contract archaeobotanical analysis for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center and the Public Archaeology Lab, Inc., and continues to operate as a contract archaeobotanist from her home. Originally from southern Ohio, Katharine currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island and works for Archaeological & Historical Services, Inc. in Mansfield, Connecticut.
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