Literature database ArchbotLit

The New Search Engine for Literature on Archaeological Remains of Cultivated Plants ArchbotLit

With the literature database ArchbotLit on the wiki portal of CAU Kiel, a tool is now provided for specialists, students and interested members of the public in order to inform them about the history of cultivated plants. The database makes archaeobotanical literature on ancient crops accessible, which is otherwise scattered over a large number of international journals and excavation reports, but also in grey literature. The new wiki platform ArchbotLit is a sustainable continuation of the literature-based online database on archaeological remains of cultivated plants by Helmut Koll, Rainer Pasternak (both from Kiel) and Aleksandar Medović (Novi Sad), which includes literature from the years 1981-2004. ArchbotLit enables access to previous entries via online access at Kiel University and it is currently being successively expanded with new entries from international experts. This makes it an important hub in which archaeobotanical literature from the worldwide community is bundled and kept up to date. The ArchbotLit database makes it possible, for example, to find the earliest records of spelt for the transition from the Late Neolithic to the Bronze Age.