Plants and People in the African Past: Themes and Objectives of Archaeobotany

  • Anna Maria MercuriEmail author
  • A. Catherine D’Andrea
  • Rita Fornaciari
  • Alexa Höhn


Africa with its impressive, deep history and ecosystem diversity continues to offer an ideal setting to expand our frontiers of understanding plants and people in the past. Early and unique interrelationships between humans and plants make Africa a critical reference point for interdisciplinary studies of cultural developments and environmental transformations.



The 8th IWAA was the meeting of about 70 scholars in Modena (Fig. 3—Photo of the participants—group under the big holm oak in Modena). We would like to express our gratitude to the referees whose efforts have contributed to the quality of papers presented in this volume: Aziz Ballouche, Marion K. Bamford, Ortrud Monika Barth, Koen Bostoen, Terry M. Brncic, Alan J. Clapham, Charles R. Clements, Savino di Lernia, Barbara Eichhorn, Mennat-Allah El Dorry, Rodolfo Fattovich, Assunta Florenzano, Daphne Gallagher, Renate Germer, Lara Carretero Gonzalez, Elisabeth Hildebrand, Christopher Hunt, Sarah Ivorra, Andrea Kay, Christopher A. Kiathipes, Chap Kusimba, Amanda Logan, Marco Madella, Evi Margaritis, Elena Marinova, Naomi Miller, Katharina Neumann, Ruth Pelling, Peter Rowley-Conwy, Rita Scheel-Ybert, Christine Sievers, Chris Stevens, Ursula Thanheiser, Mariano Ucchesu, Tania Valamoti, Sarah Walshaw, John-Peter Wild, Martin Williams, Michèle Wollstonecroft, Elsa Yvanez, Andrea Zerboni.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Maria Mercuri
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Catherine D’Andrea
    • 2
  • Rita Fornaciari
    • 3
  • Alexa Höhn
    • 4
  1. 1.Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Laboratorio di Palinologia e Paleobotanica, Dip. Scienze della VitaModenaItaly
  2. 2.Department of ArchaeologySimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  3. 3.Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Laboratorio di Palinologia e PaleobotanicaModenaItaly
  4. 4.Institut für Archäologische WissenschafteGoethe-UniversitätFrankfurtGermany

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