Archaeobotany is part of environmental archaeology. It concerns the study of plant macro- and microremains (mainly seeds and wood, pollen) preserved on, or in association with, archaeological sites. Archaeobotany is mainly interested in the activities carried out by past populations, of which by far the most important one is subsistence. This means: what food people ate, how they obtained it, and how and where they stored and processed it once it had been collected. Archaeobotanists, however also look at trade, construction materials and aspects of ritual. In addition, archaeobotany also provides information about past environments, especially anthropogenic ones like fields or grassland.


Recent Publications

  • Middens, currents and shorelines: Complex depositional processes of waterlogged prehistoric lakeside settlements based on the example of Zurich-Parkhaus Opera (Switzerland)
    Bleicher, N; Antolin, F; Heiri, O; Haberle, S; Plogmann, HH; Jacomet, S; Pumpin, C; Rentzel, P; Schafer, M; Schibler, J; Wiemann, P; van Hardenbroek, M; Toth, M; Zweifel, N
    JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 97 26-41; 10.1016/j.jas.2018.06.010 SEP 2018
  • Layers rich in aquatic and wetland plants within complex anthropogenic stratigraphies and their contribution to disentangling taphonomic processes 
    Steiner, Bigna L.; Akeret, Orni; Antolin, Ferran; et al. 
    VEGETATION HISTORY AND ARCHAEOBOTANY, 27 (1): 45-64 JAN 2018 Article; Proceedings Paper (Details)
  • State of the (t)art. Analytical approaches in the investigation of components and production traits of archaeological bread-like objects, applied to two finds from the Neolithic lakeshore settlement Parkhaus Opéra (Zürich, Switzerland).
    Heiss AG, Antolín F, Bleicher N, Harb C, Jacomet S, Kühn M, Marinova, E, Stika HP, Valamoti SM.
    PLoS ONE 12(8): e0182401. 2017
  • Studying the preservation of plant macroremains from waterlogged archaeological deposits for an assessment of layer taphonomy 
    Antolin, Ferran; Steiner, Bigna L.; Akeret, Orni; et al. 
    REVIEW OF PALAEOBOTANY AND PALYNOLOGY, 246: 120-145 NOV 2017 Article (Details)
  • The PLANTCULT Project: identifying the plant food cultures of ancient Europe 
    Valamoti, Soultana-Maria; Jacomet, Stefanie; Stika, Hans-Peter; et al. 
    ANTIQUITY, 91 (358): AUG 2017 Article (Details)
  • Subsampling of large-volume samples in waterlogged sediments. A time-saving strategy or a source of error? 
    Steiner, Bigna L.; Antolin, Ferran; Vach, Werner; et al. 
    REVIEW OF PALAEOBOTANY AND PALYNOLOGY, 245: 10-27 OCT 2017 Article (Details)
Stefanie Jacomet

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Jacomet
University of Basel
Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science IPNA
4055 Basel

Tel: +41 (0)61 202 02 11

Research topics

  • Taphonomical aspects (preservation, recovery techniques)
  • Human impact on the environment
  • History of the cultural landscape
  • Domestication of Food plants
  • History of food habits



  • Knowledge of plant communities
  • Use of herbaria and seed collections
  • Knowledge of plants / plant morphology and anatomy
  • Plant migrations