Palaeobotany (ARC2512)

15 credits

The module will outline the theory and practice of archaeobotany, giving basic practical competence in the techniques and a practical appreciation of observation, recording and interpretation issues. Students will attain basic competence in the identification and recording of plant remains.  The module is mainly focused on plant microfossils (phytoliths and starch grains), but the students will also learn basics of macrofossil botanical analysis (plant remains visible to the naked eye). Particular emphasis will be given to plants of economic and ecological importance.