Botanical and zoological remains from an early medieval grave at Tsitsamuri, Georgia

Kvavadze, Eliso and Rukhadze, Luara and Nikolaishvili, Vakhtang and Mumladze, Levan (2008) Botanical and zoological remains from an early medieval grave at Tsitsamuri, Georgia. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 17 (S1). pp. 217-224.

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Abstract

A multidisciplinary analysis of pollen, seeds, miles and molluscs from organic remains in the Tsitsamuri burial (4th-6th century A.D.) provides strong evidence of the season of internment. The presence of Trifolium campestre flowers, abundant Achillea-type pollen, ripe seeds from various early summer flowering plants, remains of Acari miles and immature Helicella derbentina mollusc shells indicate that the burial took place in early summer. Textile fragments were also analysed and indicate that the body was wrapped in a shroud made of flax. The deceased was interred on a bed made of plants gathered from the local environment. The whole complex of botanical and zoological material indicates a cultural landscape in which agriculture, viticulture, horticulture and pasturing were carried out. The climate of that period was probably slightly wetter and warmer than today.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: archaeobotany \' palynology \',molluscs \' non pollen palynomorphs,palaeoecology \'
Subjects: Q Science > QS Archaeology
Depositing User: Dr ლევან მუმლაძე
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 07:27
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 07:27
URI: http://eprints.iliauni.edu.ge/id/eprint/4314

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