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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.

Photograph of a horned poppey on Eastney beach
Horned poppy (Glaucium flavum) growing on Eastney beach © Gill Campbell

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 2018

The next AWG meeting will be a workshop joint with the CWWG (Charcoal and Wood Workgroup) on Sunday 22nd April at the University of Birmingham. It will follow the Association for Environmental Archaeology’s (AEA) Spring one-day conference Pests of Society at the University of Birmingham on Saturday 21 April. The workshop will cover aspects of damage (insect and/or rot) to timbers and archaeobotanical assemblages. As well as guest speakers there will be an opportunity for a microscope session; examining reference materials as well as participants’ own.

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

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]).

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