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Berries from Belgium: archaeobotanical finds of redcurrant, blackcurrant and gooseberry

TitleBerries from Belgium: archaeobotanical finds of redcurrant, blackcurrant and gooseberry
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2016
EditorSpeleers, L, Preiss, S
Publisher17th Conference of the International Work Group for Palaeoethnobotany
Conference LocationParis
AbstractRecently medieval and post-medieval carpological data from Belgium were collected in an ArboDatĀ© database. The dataset obtained shows a diversification of fruit species during the late medieval period, which can be related to the development of horticulture. Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum), redcurrant (Ribes rubrum) and gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa) belong to this new fruit species group occurrence. In the Low Countries Ribes sp. pollen and macrobotanical remains dating to the Atlantic period were recently recorded, suggesting that at least some species are autochthonous. However, it is striking that the earliest records after prehistoric times date to the medieval period. In Northwestern Europe archaeobotanical finds become more frequent from the end of the medieval period and the beginning of the early modern period onwards. Likewise, the oldest historical sources date to the 15th and 16th centuries. This poster gives an overview of the Belgian archaeobotanical records of Ribes species. We will discuss the species status and use during the late medieval and post-medieval period in Belgium based on archaeobotanical finds and information from iconographical and written sources.
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