Trade in spices from the East (especially Arabia and India) to Europe across the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea flourished and formed a major component of international commerce during the Roman and medieval Islamic periods. Several historical sources, including written texts, have documented this trade. Archaeological studies have focused on reconstructing this commercial activity through the examination of the archaeological record including botanical remains (i.e., seeds, grains, fruits, vegetative parts of plants, wood, and charcoal). While the book discusses in detail a large assemblage of botanical remains recovered from excavations, it is written to highlight the archaeological and historical importance and relevance of these remains. It has sections that are technical and specialist in their detail, but each chapter also has an introduction and discussion sections that are intended for a wider readership. There, the results are set in their wider cultural, historical and agricultural context, making the book valuable for archaeologists, historians, agronomers and geographers interested in long-distance trade, the role of food and cultural identity. This monograph synthesizes the results obtained from research carried out between 1999 and 2003 by Marijke van der Veen and her team (University of Leicester, England) at Quseir al-Qadim, Egypt,
Journal of African Archaeology – Brill
Published: Oct 25, 2011
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