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Archaeobotanical Work Group (AWG)

The Archaeobotanical Work Group (AWG) provides a forum for archaeobotanists working in Britain to get together and exchange ideas, discuss issues and share new and interesting discoveries in their field. The group aims to support unit-based and freelance specialists and to promote closer links between research and commercial archaeobotany.

Archaeobotanical Work Group meetings

Meetings take place about every six months. Each meeting is hosted by an AWG member at their place of work and takes the form of a mixture of presentations, thematic discussion and practical workshops. Discussion themes may be carried over to subsequent meetings as necessary. Details and minutes from past meetings are published on this webpage.

If you would like to host a meeting or would like to suggest topics for future meetings please contact the group coordinator (contact details below).

Photograph of a horned poppey on Eastney beach
Horned poppy (Glaucium flavum) growing on Eastney beach © Gill Campbell

Minutes of past meetings

Useful documents and links

Archaeobotanists rely on botanical reference material and identification keys to complete their work. The Archaeobotany Workgroup is compiling freely available identification guides, some of which are listed below. If you have suggestions for additions to this list, please contact the group coordinator (contact details below).

Membership and contact

Anybody with a professional interest in archaeobotany is welcome to join this group.

For more information or to join the group please contact the group coordinator Dr Ruth Pelling (

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