Roman foodprints at Berenike : archaeobotanical evidence of subsistence and trade in the Eastern Desert of Egypt /

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Author / Creator: Cappers, René T. J.
Format: Book
Imprint: Los Angeles : Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, [2006]
Series:Monograph (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA) ; 55.
Retention:Retained for Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust (EAST)
Online Access:Table of contents
Summary:During the Graeco-Roman period, Berenike served as a gateway to the outside world together with Myos Hormos. Commodities were imported from Africa south of the Sahara, Arabia, and India into the Greek and Roman Empire, the importance of both harbors evidenced by several contemporary sources. Between 1994 and 2002, eight excavation seasons were conducted at Berenike by the University of Delaware and Leiden University, the Netherlands. This book presents the results of the archaeobotanical research of the Roman deposits. It is shown that the study of a transit port such as Berenike, located at the southeastern fringe of the Roman Empire, is highly effective in producing new information on the import of all kinds of luxury items. In addition to the huge quantities of black pepper, plant remains of more than 60 cultivated plant species could be evidenced, several of them for the first time in an archaeobotanical context. For each plant species detailed information on its (possible) origin, its use, its preservation qualities, and the Egyptian subfossil record is provided. The interpretation of the cultivated plants, including the possibilities of cultivation in Berenike proper, is supported by ethnoarchaeobotanical research that has been conducted over the years. The reconstruction of the former environment is based on the many wild plant species that were found in Berenike and the study of the present desert vegetation.
Physical Description:xvi, 229 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 28 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-193) and indexes.
Author Notes:Rene T.J. Cappers (University of Groningen, the Netherlands) has specialized in the archaeobotany of the Near East and Egypt.