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The Botanical Identification of Archaeological Cotton

  • S. G. Stephens (a1)

Cotton plant parts recovered from archaeological sites usually consist of cordage and textile fragments, raw cotton, boll segments, and seeds. All of these can be readily identified as cotton, but much less easily as particular species of cotton. Some possibilities for obtaining a more precise botanical identification are presented. Peduncles (i.e., the stalks to which the bolls are attached in living material) might be particularly useful for identification purposes.

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American Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0002-7316
  • EISSN: 2325-5064
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