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Written by: Elizabeth Moore
Wednesday April 1, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Moore recently gave a presentation, Plants and People, to students in the Roanoke College Honors Program. After a presentation on the history of domestication, the role of domesticated plants in Virginia, and the impact of a diet dependent on domesticated plants on human health, Dr. Moore led the group of 50 students through a hands-on activity. In this activity, students sorted archaeobotanical samples, identified the nuts, seeds, and shells in their samples, and formulated an interpretation for their data. Here you can see a student sorting burned plant remains out of matrix (i.e., dirt).

A Roanoke College student sorting burned plant remains out of matrix (i.e., dirt).

To learn more about plant and animal domestication Dr. Moore recommends this web site, http://teachmiddleeast.lib.uchicago.edu/foundations/origins-of-civilization/index.html.

To learn more about the Roanoke College Honors Program clink here http://roanoke.edu/Academics/Honors_Program.htm.

Tags: Archaeology, Dr. Elizabeth Moore, Identification, Research and Collections