Welcome to the McMaster Paleoethnobotanical Research Database. This database is run by graduate students from the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University and designed by PhD candidate Shalen Prado.

This database is a collection of microbotanical specimens from modern and archaeological contexts and is designed to evolve alongside research projects at the McMaster Paleoethnobotanical research facility. You are able to browse by type of specimen (i.e. starch grain or phytolith) or you can search for a particular species by using the search bar.

If you have any questions please contact Shalen Prado at prados@mcmaster.ca

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Triticum dicoccom

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Articulated elongate echinate long cells and epidermal skeleton sheets.

Triticum monococcum

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Articulated elongate echinate long cells and epidermal skeleton sheets.

There was an abundance of 'hair' morphotypes alongside the epidermal…

Hordeum vulgare (var. Bere)

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Rondels - unclear if diagnostic. Many rondels were present in this modern sample alongside the epidermal multi-cellular phytolith sheets.