Mesoamerican Ethnobotanical Database
Description: The Mesoamerican Ethnobotanical dataset is a collaborative ethnobotanical and archaeobotanical project between The Searle Herbarium of the Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) and the Department of Anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). Archaeologists, botanists, ethnobotanists, and interested laypeople often recover parts of flowers, seeds, and fruits in their research. As Miller (2011:9-10) noted, the largest obstacle to advancing archaobotanical research in Central America is the lack of “resources aiding identification (on-line and published reference material and databases).” This website was created to address this situation.
Credits: This website is a work in progress, and we are working toward completion during 2014. We are grateful for the support given to our project by the National Science Foundation Archaeology—Senior Research Program (BCS-1321469), FMNH, and NEIU.