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Plants from the Past
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Plants from the Past is a fascinating, comprehensive record of the work of two dedicated plant scientists who were instrumental in the establishment of archaeobotany and paleoethnobotany as vigorous subdisciplines within American archaeology. Hugh Carson Cutler and Leonard Watson Blake worked together for many decades at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, identifying and interpreting plant remains from archaeological sites all over North America. 

Covering a period of 30 years and tracing the development of the study of plant remains from archaeological sites, the volume will give archaeologists access to previously unavailable data and interpretations. It features the much-sought-after extensive inventory "Plants from Archaeological Sites East of the Rockies," which serves as a reference to archaeobotanical collections curated at the Illinois State Museum. The chapters dealing with protohistory and early historic foodways and trade in the upper Midwest are especially relevant at this time of increasing attention to early Indian-white interactions. 

The editors' introduction provides coherence and historical context for the papers and points to the book's potential as a resource for future research. Graced by Dr. Blake's brief introductions to each chapter, Plants from the Past neatly compiles the earliest research in archaeobotany by two originators of the science.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Map of Site Locations
  2. pp. xv-xv
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  1. 1. North American Indian Corn
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. Cultivated Plants from Picuris
  2. pp. 19-36
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  1. 3. Corn in the Province of Aminoya
  2. pp. 37-39
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  1. 4. Corn from Three North Carolina Sites, 31Gs55, 56, and 30
  2. pp. 40-45
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  1. 5. Cultivated Plant Remains from Historic Missouri and Osage Indian Sites
  2. pp. 46-53
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  1. 6. Corn for the Voyageurs
  2. pp. 54-58
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  1. 7. Corn from Fort Michilimackinac, a.d. 1770–1780
  2. pp. 59-65
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  1. 8. Corn from the Waterman Site (11R122), Illinois
  2. pp. 66-71
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  1. 9. Plant Remains from the Rhoads Site (11Lo8), Illinois
  2. pp. 72-92
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  1. 10. Plants from Archaeological Sites East of the Rockies
  2. pp. 93-147
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  1. 11. Published Works of Cutler and Blake
  2. pp. 148-156
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 157-164
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  1. Index of Latin Names for Plant Taxa
  2. pp. 165-167
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  1. Index of Corn Races and Varieties
  2. pp. 169-169
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 171-177
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