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Interesting new article on bulbous oat grass


Happy new year 2013!

When I analysed archaeobotanical material for my Master’s thesis, I found some remains of bulbous oat grass (Arrhenatherum elatius var. bulbosum). The plant grows bulbs of 5-11 mm on the basal internodes, which means that there is onion-like swelling on the bottom of the stem. These have been found in charred form from various archaeological sites and both from graves and settlement sites. It has been discussed whether the plant has some ritual meaning, but there is some problems in this interpretation.

I was taking part of the IWGP (International Workgroup for Paleoethnobotany) in Wilhemshaven 2010. There Wiebke Kirleis asked for finds of bulbous oat grass and I told her about my findings and they were later mentioned in the publication made by her and others (Roehrs et. al 2012).

It was nice to be sited and the article gives a good overview of current finds of the plant. It was also interesting to get to know that the plant grows also as an arable weed.



Roehrs, H., Klooss, S. & Kirleis, W. 2012. Evaluat- ing prehistoric finds of Arrhenatherum elatius var. bulbosum in north-western and central Europe with an emphasis on the first Neolithic finds in Northern Germany. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences (Online first): 1–15. DOI 10.1007/s12520- 012-0109-0.

Kategoriat:Archaeology, Arkeologia
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