Fall 2019 - ARCH 390 D100

Archaeobotany (5)

Class Number: 7296

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Catherine D'andrea
    Office: EDB 9625
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 201 and either ARCH 272/272W or 273.



An introduction to the recovery and analysis of macroscopic archaeological plant remains. The major methodological and interpretive issues in archaeobotany will be covered, with an emphasis on plant domestication in selected regions of the world. Students who have taken ARCH 334 or ARCH 335 may not take this course for further credit.


This course is an overview of the general principles, theory and methods of archaeobotany. Lectures will deal with theoretical and interpretive issues while laboratories will provide instruction in some field and laboratory techniques used in the retrieval, identification and analysis of archaeological plant remains.


  • Research Paper or Flotation Project or Lab Project 30%
  • Laboratory Quizzes (Quiz 1@ 15%, Quiz 2 @15%, Quiz 3 @10%) 40%
  • Lecture Exam 30%



Students are not required to purchase a textbook. Required readings will be taken from 4 books and a number of articles all of which will be on reserve at the W.A.C. Bennett Library. A small number of the 4 books will be available for purchase at the SFU bookstore, and they are:  
Pearsall, D.M. 2015. Paleoethnobotany. 3rd edition. Routledge.
ISBN: 978-1-6113-2299-6

A laboratory manual will be provided in-class.


Gremellion, K. (ed). 1997. People, Plants and Landscapes: Studies in Paleoethnobotany. University of Alabama Press. ISBN: 978-0-8173-0827-8

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

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