The International Work Group for Palaeoethnobotany welcomes you !


“Palaeoethnobotany (ca. synonym: archaeobotany) is the part of environmental archaeology which concerns the study of plant remains (mainly macroremains like seeds and wood, but also microremains like pollen) preserved on, or in association with, archaeological sites.


Archaeobotany is mainly interested in the activities carried out by past populations, of which by far the most important one is subsistence. This means: what food people ate, how they obtained it, and how and where they stored and processed it once it had been collected. Archaeobotanists, however, also look at trade, construction materials and aspects of rituals. In addition, archaeobotany also provides information about past environments, especially anthropogenic ones like fields or grassland.”

Stefanie Jacomet (2006)


For a detailed overview of our research topic, you may want to see the
Wikipedia page on palaeoethnobotany


Who are we?


We are an informal collective of researchers working on archaeological plant remains

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The IWGP Conferences


Every three years, we invite for an archaeobotany-centered scientific congress

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The IWGP Committee


The Committee steers the Work Group’s activities and decides upon our conference locations

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The IWGP Journal


Established in 1992, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany is the official publishing organ of the IWGP

Background image: Charred cultivated plant remains from Fuente Álamo (prov. Almería, Spain), Bronze Age El Argar culture © Hans-Peter Stika