Starch grain residue analysis was conducted on 18 artifacts collected in 2021 from the archaeological site 8BR158 on the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. This paleoethnobotanical analysis investigates plant use by the pre-historic inhabitants of the Central Coast of Florida where there is a lack of archaeobotanical research. The starches recovered from the archaeological artifacts were studied in order to identify plants used for culinary and/or medicinal purposes. Wild plants commonly found in Florida, such as acorn (Quercus), were identified in this study that were used for food resources. Domesticated plants such as maize and beans were also identified in this study, which was an unexpected finding. This research contributes information on the relationship between pre-historic plants and the pre-historic inhabitants of the Cape Canaveral area.
Duncan, Neil A.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
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Moreno Palacios, Jennifer I., "Paleoethnobotanical Investigation of Pre-Columbian Archaeological Site 8BR158, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida." (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1319.