07 March, 2006

Before models....

You may have many questions now.

Previously I talked about ancient starch researches in the world. But the previous article described 'crop processing'. So you may need more information of ancient starch analysis. Or you may ask why this blog talks about crop processing models.

I would answer these two questions mainly:

More information of ancient starch?

Although ancient starch analysis is a relatively new field in archaeology, this can be one method for understanding food history in the world.

However, this research area is progressed now. We need more practices and (confident) results by ancient starch analysis, especially in JAPANESE ARCHAEOLOGY. At present, most of Japanese archaeologists do not know about the details, and very few applications in Japan are conducted now. More practical methodology also has to be established in Japan.

Why will crop processing models be described?

I described the merits of crop processing models for understanding taphonomy of archaeological crop remains.

This research field is directly linked to research food history because crop remains in sites can show the exsistence of agriculture at least. Crop processing models can thus provide another method for understanding food history.

Taphonomic issues of plant remains fround from Japanese archaeological sites are probably interesting for researchers outside Japan, not only for researchers in Japan. This is another reason why I will show crop processing models as the next topic.

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