State of the Discipline: Archaeobotanical Research in Classical Archaeology

Lisa Lodwick, Erica Rowan

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The recovery, identification, and analysis of archaeobotanical remains can help address a wide range of archaeological and historical research questions, from foodways, to the agricultural economy, to ritual practice and social identity. This state of the discipline article reviews the application of archaeobotanical techniques to classical archaeology from historical, regional, and thematic perspectives. It also highlights current challenges and limitations in the field of archaeobotany. The article concludes with some suggestions for future directions to improve the practice and outcomes of the discipline. Classical-period archaeobotanical research has not yet reached its full potential, and despite facing some internal and external issues, we envision a bright future for both archaeobotanical and classical archaeological research with a greater degree of communication and collaboration between the two fields
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-623
Number of pages31
JournalAmerican Journal of Archaeology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Archaeobotany
  • Classical archaeology
  • Food
  • Roman Empire
  • Ancient Greece

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