Paleoethnobotany, as defined by Wikipedia, is "the study of remains of plants cultivated or used by man in ancient times, which have survived in archaeological contexts". But what is it really, and how is it being studied in New Mexico? Pamela McBride, in a presentation from the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies Outreach, will answer these questions and give some examples from her own work in a free presentation 1-2 p.m. Saturday at PEEC.
McBride, a paleoethnobotanist, will help the audience understand what the field of paleoethnobotany consists of, the primary plant remains that are collected from Southwestern archaeological sites, and how the findings can be interpreted. McBride will highlight unusual sites along with the archaeobotanical results from The Land Conveyance and Transfer Data Recovery Project conducted by Los Alamos National Laboratory on the Pajarito Plateau.
This program is suggested for teens and adults.
By giving her presentation, McBride hopes that it will help to enrich the audience’s understanding of how people sustained themselves both in prehistory and in more recent historic periods.