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Rossana Paredes

Rossana Paredes
Areas of Speciality
  • Ph.D. Archaeology
Vaughn Bryant
First Year In the Program


Rossana Paredes is a PhD student studying the relationships between people and plants through time in the Peruvian North Coast. To understand how humans have been using plants in the development of subsistence and non-subsistence strategies, she analyzes macro and micro botanical remains, as well as modern plant remains and their uses. Her dissertation research focuses on the reconstruction of the paleoethnobotanical record and the study of traditional ecological knowledge on plant uses of Peruvian fishing communities. The fossil and modern evidence suggest both that plants have played an important role in the economic activities of fishermen and their families, and that traditional ecological knowledge continues to be transmitted from one generation to the next. Additionally, her research interests include the identification of edible plants and carbohydrates that were cultivated, domesticated and consumed during ancient times in South America.