updated Nov 1, 2006 -- this site is undergoing reorganization right now!!

Dawn's Useful Links:

*Sites for Paleoethnobotanists, Ethnobotanists, Botanists
and others interested in Plants

*Professional Societies

*Regional Interests and Area Studies

*Fun and Informative Sites

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Learn how to take good notes and remember what you wrote: http://people.ucsc.edu/~mwax/resume/write/rubric/cornellnotesys/

Breaking News ! :

Eat, drink, and be merry in Ancient China

1. The Oldest Noodles Found in China
~ 4000 years old or dating to circa 2000 B.C. made out of millet flour
also read about it on the BBC page

2. Remains of Neolithic Chinese vessels with likely alcohol residues-
very exciting new work !!
also read about it on the NYtimes

Read more about detecting alcohol archaeologically
by Dr. Patrick McGovern:

Links & Sites for
Paleoethnobotanists, Ethnobotanists, Botanists and Others Interested In Plants:

(Most of these sites have searchable databases with latin names and common names,
many also include plant origins, growing conditions and photos.

 Most of these wonderful sites also have fabulous links pages-check them out ! )

  • Native American Ethnobotany A HUGE searchable data base written and maintained by Dan Moerman. Hosted by U of Michigan. http://herb.umd.umich.edu/
  • Hort.Purdue Newcrop The best site for finding current info on plants grown in the US with both an index and search functions (latin and common names) http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/
  • “The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.” maintained by the US Department of  Agriculture. http://plants.usda.gov/index.html
  • The Curcurbit Network for everything about gourds and squashes including searchable database with photos. The first ones to report on the finding of wild ancestor of the bottle gourd!! http://www.cucurbit.org
  • “The International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) - www.ipgri.cgiar.org - is supporting the conservation and use of neglected and underutilized crop species.” http://www.ipgri.cgiar.org/nus/home.htm

  • Database of Translated Papers on Rice This is a fabulous source for archaeology and genetics coming out of China, Japan, and Korea that are not translated elsewhere:http://www.carleton.ca/~bgordon/Rice/

 2003 Oldest Rice Reported from Korea-
Note: Caution should be used with this report as there is no publication of this claim in a peer reviewed venue. The best archaeological evidence for the domestication of rice is from the Yangtze River Valley in China. Archaeological rice remains have been recovered at over a hundred sites in China. The earliest secure dates, AMS or direct radiocarbon dates, come from rice grains and phytoliths that generally date between 6000 and 5500 B.C. or 8000 to 7500 years ago (which is much younger than this claim for Korean rice). Most archaeologist today agree that there was only a single domestication event of rice that took place in China.

Additionally, oldest rice from Korea that has been peer reviewed, and is directly radio carbon dated, is dated to between 3000 and 1500 B.C. (see the work of Dr. Gyoung-Ah Lee)

Discovery channel article 10/23/03
BBC News 10/21/03
Conference article with site photos

Botanical Gardens:

on-profit seed companies
and they also have wonderful gifts:
    • *Native Seeds/SEARCH is a nonprofit conservation organization working to conserve, distribute and document the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seed, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American SW and NW Mexico. 

Professional Societies

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Regional Interests and Area Studies

Korea and Japan

Learn about Okinawan Archaeology (Southern Japan)  http://members.tripod.com/williamsem/index.htm
Learn about a site in Eniwa, Hokkaido, Japan near where my MA samples are from http://www.city.eniwa.hokkaido.jp/english/english.html#Karinba

Beautiful site from the Ainu Museum, with great pages on food and agriculture  http://www.ainu-museum.or.jp/english/english.html
photos from Edo period Japan http://oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/unive/

Online gateway to Korea by the Korean Government  http://www.korea.net/ 

Legends~ often important to understanding history
Sacred Texts online
Korean creation stories http://myhome.shinbiro.com/~mss1/legends.html

Himalayas: Nepal and Tibet

Archaeology of Pre-Buddhist Tibet  http://zhangzhung.org/index2.htm

News from BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/
Multi-media studies and Journals  http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/
Nepal Headlines on the Web http://news.thamel.com/ 
Learn about Visual studies and Buddhism http://www.uwec.edu/greider/BMRB/index.htm

Study Abroad Programs:
          Study Abroad in Nepal through Cornell University: http://www.einaudi.cornell.edu/cuabroad/programchoices/general_info/nepal/index.asp
Study Abroad in Nepal through UW-Madison: http://www.wisc.edu/studyabroad/asia/nepal_kat.html
Study Abroad in Nepal through Pitzer:  http://www.pitzer.edu/academics/ilcenter/external_studies/nepal/
Study Abroad in Tibet through SIT:  http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/asia/tibet.html

Language Programs

Intensive Summer Tibetan  At Cornell: http://www.einaudi.cornell.edu/SouthAsia/intensive/tibetan/index.html
Intensive Summer Nepali at Cornell~ I studied at this program and would recommend it :) ! http://lrc.cornell.edu/asian/programs/summer/nepali
                Shambhu and Banu Oja's*Nepali: A Beginner's Primer*  http://lrc.cornell.edu/medialib/np/npb   .
Learn about Tibetan http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/9594/tibet.html
Learn about Nepali: http://babel.uoregon.edu/YLC/selfstudy/nepa_lang.html
News from the region
Using wireless In Nepal in 2004

Fun and Informative Sites:
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New Mexico:Land of Blue Skies and Sunshine

Etcetera Etcetera

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