Project Description

Looking at the earliest writings so far discovered gives us some insight into prehistoric herbalism. We can also find stories of plant use in ancient artwork and in archeological finds, some of which go back over 50,000 years. Zoopharmacognasy, the study of how animals use plant medicine, can also help us imagine how our earliest ancestors practiced instinctual herbalism. Most important are the teachings of elders from communities which rely on oral history and often contain ancient information about their local plants. This class explores the different approaches to understanding the role of prehistoric herbalism in human history.
pre-historic ethonobotany wine recipe