Phytolyth Analysis

Phytolyth Analysis

An Archaeological and Geological Perspective

1st Edition - December 28, 1987

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  • Author: Dolores Piperno
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483297118

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This is a methodological guide to the use of plant opal phytolith analysis in paleoenvironmental and paleoecological reconstruction. It is the first book-length treatment of this promising technique, which has undergone rapid development within the past few years and is now beginning to be used with considerable success by paleobotanists who serve the archaeological and paleontological research communities. It will be mandatory reading for all paleobotanists, paleoecologists, and archaeological scientists.


Graduate and professional archaeologists, paleobotanists, paleocologists, ethnobotanists, and palynologists.

Table of Contents

  • The History of Phytolith Research.
    The Production, Deposition, and Dissolution of Phytoliths.
    Phytolith Morphology.
    Field Techniques and Research Design.
    Laboratory Techniques.
    The Interpretation of Phytolith Assemblages: Method and Theory.
    The Role of Phytoliths in Archaeological Reconstruction.
    The Role of Phytoliths in Regional Paleoecology. Plates.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1987
  • Published: December 28, 1987
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483297118

About the Author

Dolores Piperno

Dolores Piperno works at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Her research includes the study of Late Pleistocene and Holocene environments and subsistence in tropical biomes through the analysis of micro-botanical remains (phytoliths and pollen), with emphasis on adaptations to the Neotropical forest.

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Temple University

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