Kathleen Forste

Ph.D. Candidate

  • Title Ph.D. Candidate
  • Office STO 350
  • Education B.A., University of Cincinnati, 2011
    M.A., University of Cincinnati, 2012



Areas of Interest

Paleoethnobotany/archaeobotany; Plant management; Agriculture; Fuel use; Eastern Mediterranean; Levant; Byzantine, Early Islamic, Crusader periods; Recovery techniques; Sampling strategies

Research & Fieldwork

I am interested in studying human-landscape and human-plant interactions as well as ancient economic practices through the lens of archaeobotanical remains. My dissertation project is focused on the agricultural economy in the Levant during the Early Islamic period (c. 636-1099 CE). Specifically, I am investigating how access to and organization of plant resources is impacted by a site’s architectural configuration as well as by its location in the geographic and socio-cultural landscapes. I am currently analyzing the macrobotanical remains (seeds, fruits, plant parts, wood charcoal) recovered from 4 sites in Israel: Ashkelon, Caesarea Maritima, Tel Shimron, and Neby Zakaria.

I have been involved in archaeobotanical work in southern Europe, specifically the analysis of Middle and Late Helladic botanical remains from Tsoungiza, Greece, and maintain an interest in low-level food production in the North American Prehispanic Southwest with professors at the University of Cincinnati.



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