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Ear of cereal from the Historic England archaeobotanical reference collection © Historic England
Ear of cereal from the Historic England archaeobotanical reference collection © Historic England

Archaeobotanical Work Group (AWG)

The Archaeobotanical Work Group (AWG) provides a forum for archaeobotanists working in Britain to get together and exchange ideas, discuss issues and share new and interesting discoveries in their field. The group aims to support unit-based and freelance specialists and to promote closer links between research and commercial archaeobotany.

Archaeobotanical Work Group meetings

Meetings take place about every six months. Each meeting is hosted by an AWG member at their place of work and takes the form of a mixture of presentations, thematic discussion and practical workshops. Discussion themes may be carried over to subsequent meetings as necessary. Details and minutes from past meetings are published on this webpage.

If you would like to host a meeting or would like to suggest topics for future meetings please contact the group coordinator (contact details below).

Next Meeting 2020

The next AWG meeting will be hosted by Dr. Lara Gonzalez Carretero at the Museum of London on 7th March 2020. The workshop will focus on the exciting new field of research into identifying cereal-based food remains, how to recognise them and how to record and describe them. Participants will be able to bring examples of possible archaeological food remains and low powered microscopes will be available.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please email Ruth Pelling.

Minutes of past meetings

Useful documents and links

Archaeobotanists rely on botanical reference material and identification keys to complete their work. The Archaeobotany Workgroup is compiling freely available identification guides, some of which are listed below. If you have suggestions for additions to this list, please contact the group coordinator (contact details below).

Membership and contact

Anybody with a professional interest in archaeobotany is welcome to join this group.

For more information or to join the group please contact the group coordinator Dr Ruth Pelling ([email protected]).


Zoë Hazell

Senior Palaeoecologist


Ruth Pelling

Senior Archaeobotanist

Fort Cumberland,
Fort Cumberland Road,
P04 9LD

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