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Title: Archaeoentomological indicators of long-term food plant storage at the Prehispanic granary of La Fortaleza (Gran Canaria, Spain)
Authors: Henríquez Valido, Pedro Eduardo 
Morales Mateos, Jacob Bentejui 
Vidal Matutano, Paloma 
Moreno-Benítez, Marco
Marchante Ortega, Angel 
Rodríguez Rodríguez, Amelia Del Carmen 
Huchet, Jean Bernard
UNESCO Clasification: 241710 Paleobotánica
Keywords: Canary Islands
Cave granaries
Pests, et al
Issue Date: 2020
Journal: Journal of Archaeological Science 
Abstract: Storage is crucial to the sequence of food management. It is nonetheless at times difficult to recognize in the archaeological record due to problems of preservation of ancient food remains. Archaeoentomology in this sense can be of great value as it sheds light on past storage techniques. This study presents the findings of the archaeoentomological analyses carried out at the ancient granary of La Fortaleza (Gran Canaria, Spain, ca. 600-1450 AD), a site where the favorable conditions of preservation allow recording the food plants and insect pests associated with storage. Moreover, the recovery of several taxa of primary and secondary pests connected to different stages of store infestation (i.e. Sitophilus granarius (L.), Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L.), Tenebrioides mauritanicus (L.), Mezium americanum (Laporte de Castelnau), Stegobium paniceum (L.) and Cryptolestes sp.) offers data as to the storage conditions and time intervals of the Prehispanic Canarian indigenous population. Finally, new radiocarbon-datings of the pests yield data casting light on the origin and spread of several cosmopolitan taxa such as M. americanum and on past relations between Africa, Europe and the New World.
ISSN: 0305-4403
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2020.105179
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science [ISSN 0305-4403], v. 120, 105179, (Agosto 2020)
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