Unexpected Treasures: Archaeology and Botany - A talk by Ruth Pelling

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:00

Booking: No booking required.

£6 Members, £8 Non-Members

Archaeobotany (the study of plant remains from archaeological contexts) has been a routine practice in most commercial and research excavations for the last few decades. The subject remains a specialist area, often inaccessible to the general public and rarely experienced within museum collections. Two exciting recent projects have demonstrated the potential of archaeobotanical remains as museum artefacts, but also the value of museum collections to the archaeobotanist. In this talk, Ruth Pelling will present results from both projects: the investigation of ancient plant remains collected during the late 19th century by General Pitt-Rivers, now forming part of the Pitt-Rivers archive collection at Salisbury Museum; and the identification of a probable floral deposit recovered through the Portable Antiquities Scheme from the Vale of Pewsey.