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Floral Analysis: Plant Remains and Past Peoples - Video

Vegetation abounds in the Upper Midwest, from forests to marshy grasslands to farm fields. Archaeologists can study how people collected, grew, and used plants by examining the floral remains they left behind, usually charred or desiccated (dried-out) seeds and other plant parts that have preserved in the soil. Here, MVAC Research Intern Cindy Kocik explores how floral analysis helps us to grow our understanding of people and plants in the past.