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Department of Anthropology

Program in
Human Ecology and Archaeobiology

About

Dr. Dolores Piperno, Curator of Archaeobotany and South American Archaeology, is an archaeologist and archaeobotanist. Her research focuses on the antiquity and character of prehistoric human adaptations in the lowland tropical regions of the world, including agricultural orgins, together with the biogeographical and climatological history of the tropical biome.

Research

My research interests have mainly involved the archaeology and human ecology of the lowland American tropics together with the biogeographical and climatological history of the tropical biome. I have recently become engaged in archaeological research in southwest Asia. I primarily use plant microfossils (phytoliths, starch grains, and pollen) to investigate research problems, which prominently include the origins and dispersals of agriculture. My theoretical perspective is based in the intersection of evolution and ecology, especially the emerging field of Human Behavioral Ecology in archaeology and its role in formulating explanations of human behavior and adaptive change.
Piperno Research Page

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Dolores Piperno

Office Phone: 202-633-1912

Lab Phone: 301-238-1025

Fax: +507 212-8154

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Program in Human Ecology and Archaeology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
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Washington, DC 20013-7012

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