Environmental Archaeology/Archaeobotany

Environmental Archaeology

Prof. Dr. Wiebke Kirleis | Tel. 880.3173 | Room: 036| Consultation Hours: Thu. 12:30 - 2:00 pm | Current lectures (UnivIS)

Environmental Archaeology takes a look at interrelations of past humans and environments. In Kiel, archaeobotany (analysis of pollen and macro remains) has become the centre of environmental archaeology. It studies continuation and change of economies and diets in (pre)historic times, extrapolates vegetation dynamics close to former settlements, burial sites and other anthropogenic sites and finally contributes to the study of the history of crop plants. Thanks to macro remain analysis, archaeological sites can be spatially differentiated by e.g. identifying particular work areas in a settlement complex. Moreover it indicate the social stratification of former societies.