This quantity celebrates the profession of archaebotanist Professor Gordon C. Hillman. Twenty-eight papers disguise quite a lot of themes reflecting the good impact that Hillman has had within the box of archaeobotany. The papers are break up into 4 sections: own reflections on Professor Hillman s occupation; archaeobotanical idea and procedure; ethnoarchaeological and cultural reports; and historical plant use from websites and areas around the globe. the gathering demonstrates, as Gordon Hillman believes, that the research of archaebotany isn't just invaluable, yet important for any examine of humanity.
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All through, our interactions were infused by way of a robust mutual regard which, in my opinion, has been grounded in a feeling that i used to be operating with a colleague who may possibly see farther than the remainder of us, and who delivered to our deliberations a profound knowing of the wildlife and where of people in it. allow me additionally recognize the following that Gordon has been and remains to be one in every of my closest associates; we haven't simply grown jointly as collaborators in study yet have loved wealthy own interactions that experience additionally embraced our households. to light up all this it is going to be essential to say a bit concerning the starting of the Abu Hureyra venture and the way Gordon turned serious about it. within the spring of 1971 my spouse Barbara and that i have been in Syria to behavior examine at the Neolithic and in addition to take part in Henri de Contenson’s excavation of inform Aswad close to Damascus. in the course of the excavation Dr Adnan Bounni, the Director of Excavations in Syria, invited me to settle on a domain to excavate within the Euphrates Valley. The Syrian specialists have been development a dam at Tabqa, upstream from Raqqa, which might flood eighty kilometres of the valley. the overall Directorate of Antiquities and Museums sought the 88 help of archaeologists from different international locations to enquire as many websites as attainable earlier than the dam was once accomplished. This unparalleled invitation used to be the place to begin for what later turned probably the most major, and lengthy, investigations of the inception of farming anyplace on the earth. We visited the Euphrates Valley on the of completion of the paintings at inform Aswad, explored the quarter extra systematically in June, and chosen Abu Hureyra for excavation (Moore, Hillman and Legge 2000, 23). the positioning used to be evidently great and seemed to date from the early Neolithic (Figure 2. 1). As we meditated its excavation, it was once transparent that we'd have to construct a workforce of experts and to plot for an immense box crusade. this may must be accomplished speedily because the website was once threatened with flooding inside to 3 years; the research of the cloth we recovered must wait until eventually later. i thought that we must always curiosity the simplest scientists to be had within the undertaking which will make sure that our learn was once of the best quality. That attention led us on to Gordon. 89 Figure 2. 1. the traditional mound of Abu Hureyra from the south-west (photo Andrew Moore). Already a pro traditional historian with deep event of plant class, Gordon had all started his postgraduate study lower than the supervision of Maria Hopf in Mainz. In 1969 he made his technique to Ankara the place he used to be to stay for 5 years, a interval of vast significance in his clinical improvement (Hillman 2003, 76–79) for it used to be there that he carried out the ethnographic box stories of conventional ninety farming that have been to supply such wealthy insights into the prehistoric earlier. in the course of these years he assembled a set of seeds of contemporary crop crops, their wild opposite numbers, and different vegetation usual of the most crops zones of western Asia.