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Bowers Ethnobotany Lab and LibraryEthnobotany

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The Doris Hoover Bowers ethnobotany collection and library is housed in the museum's anthropology division. The collection was donated by Bowers in conjunction with the Archaeological Survey Association of Southern California (ASA).

In the 1960s and 1970s, Doris collected native seeds and plants from sites in southern California for the ASA to use when they conducted archaeological investigations. The collection has been maintained and supplemented over the years. Archaeologists can use it to help identify plants found in and around archaeological sites. This information helps archaeologists determine what activities had been conducted at a site.

The seeds and plants have been meticulously cross-referenced in a number of different ways to promote easy location of the information. Plants and seeds have been identified by common and scientific names. The collection also contains a catalog of Native American and pioneer uses of these plants and an extensive bibliography for each plant. 

Archaeologists are invited to visit the Doris Hoover Bowers Ethnobotany Lab by appointment to use this valuable research tool. To make an appointment, contact Adella Schroth, curator of anthropology, (909) 307-2669 ext. 266 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.

 

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