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Publications by Mark Nesbitt

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Collections and the history of economic botany

Cornish, C., P. Gasson, and M. Nesbitt. 2013. The wood collections at Kew: from toys to totem poles (Part I). World of Wood 66(3):14-16.


Cornish, C., P. Gasson, and M. Nesbitt. 2013. The wood collections at Kew: current status and activity (Part II). World of Wood 66(4):14-15.


Cornish, C., P. Gasson, and M. Nesbitt. 2014. The wood collection (xylarium) of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. IAWA Journal 35: 85-104


Salick, J., K. Konchar, and M. Nesbitt. 2014. "Chapter 1. Biocultural collections: needs and goals," pp. 1-13 in Curating biocultural collections: a handbook. Edited by J. Salick, K. Konchar, and M. Nesbitt. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Cornish, C., and M. Nesbitt. 2014. "Chapter 20. Historical perspectives on western ethnobotanical collections," pp. 271-93 in Curating biocultural collections: a handbook. Edited by J. Salick, K. Konchar, and M. Nesbitt. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Salick, J., K. Konchar, and M. Nesbitt. 2014. Curating biocultural collections: a handbook. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 406pp.

D Goyder, P Griggs, M Nesbitt, L Parker, K Ross-Jones. 2012. Sir Joseph Hooker's collections at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Curtis's Botanical Magazine 29: 66-85.


Harcup, C. and M. Nesbitt. 2006. Attaining the Holy Grail: How to encourage wider engagement with museum collections through participation in new media projects. Museums and the Web Conference. Online publication


Nesbitt, M. 2013. Inspiring artefacts Pp. 22-24 in David Nash: a natural gallery. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Prance, G., and M. Nesbitt. Editors. 2005. The cultural history of plants. New York: Routledge.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2011-. Economic Botany Collection - online database.


History/analysis of specific objects in collections

Brennan, E. and M. Nesbitt. 2010/11. Is Jamaican lace-bark (Lagetta lagetto) a sustainable material? Text: for the Study of Textile Art, Design and History 38: 17-23.


Brennan, E., Harris, L.-A.; Nesbitt, M. 2013. Jamaican Lace-Bark: Its History and Uncertain Future. Textile History 44: 235–253.


Cope, T., and M. Nesbitt. 2002. Lygeum spartum. Curtis's Botanical Magazine 19:35-39.

PR Crane, T Nagata, J Murata, T Ohi-Toma, A DuVal, M Nesbitt, C Jarvis. 2013. Ginkgo biloba: Connections with people and art across a thousand years. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 30: 239–260.

Rico Arce, M. de L., Nesbitt, M., Rodriguez, A. & Hiscock, C. 2013 (2014). Mexican Plant Materials Housed in the Economic Botany Collection of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Ibugana 5: 3-38.

de Oliveira, L. F. C., H. G. M. Edwards, E. S. Velozo, and M. Nesbitt. 2002. Vibrational spectroscopic study of brazilin and brazilein, the main constituents of brazilwood from Brazil. Vibrational Spectroscopy 28:243-249.

Edwards, H. G. M., L. F. C. de Oliveira, and M. Nesbitt. 2003. Fourier-transform Raman characterization of brazilwood trees and substitutes. The Analyst 128:82-87.

Nagata, T., A. DuVal, H. W. Lack, G. Loudon, M. Nesbitt, M. Schmull, and P. R. Crane. 2013. An unusual xylotheque with plant illustrations from early Meiji Japan. Economic Botany 67: 87-97.


Nesbitt, M. 2010. Puzzling panels. Kew Magazine Spring 2010: 54-55.

Nesbitt, M. 2013. Indian dyes and textiles at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. MARG: a Magazine of the Arts 65 (2), 100-105.

Nesbitt, M., R. Prosser and I. Williams. 2010. Rice-paper plant - Tetrapanax papyrifer: the Gauze of the Gods and its products. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 27(1): 71-92.

Serrano, A. F., Sousa, M. M., Hallett, J., Simmonds, M. S., Nesbitt, M., & Lopes, J. 2013. Identification of Dactylopius cochineal species with high-performance liquid chromatography and multivariate data analysis. Analyst. 138: 6081–6090.

Ethnobotany

Dierig, D., H. Blackburn, D. Ellis, and M. Nesbitt. 2014. "Chapter 8. Curating seeds and other genetic resources for ethnobiology," pp. 107-25 in Curating biocultural collections: a handbook. Edited by J. Salick, K. Konchar, and M. Nesbitt. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Mason, S. and M. Nesbitt. 2009. “Acorns as food in southeast Turkey: implications for past subsistence in Southwest Asia,” in From foragers to farmers: papers in honour of Gordon C. Hillman. Edited by A.S. Fairbairn and E. Weiss, pp. 71-85. Oxford: Oxbow Books. To buy book, visit the Oxbow website.

Nesbitt, M. 2006. "Ethnobotany," in The encyclopedia of seeds: science, technology and uses. Edited by M. Black, J. D. Bewley, and P. Halmer, pp. 227-229. Wallingford: CABI.

Nesbitt, M. 2014. "Chapter 22. Use of herbarium specimens in ethnobotany," pp. 313-28 in Curating biocultural collections: a handbook. Edited by J. Salick, K. Konchar, and M. Nesbitt. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Nesbitt, M., McBurney, R.P.H., Broin, M., Beentje, H.J. 2010. Linking biodiversity, food and nutrition: The importance of plant identification and nomenclature. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 23: 486–498 doi:10.1016/j.jfca.2009.03.001

Nesbitt, M., G. Hillman, L. Peña Chocarro, D. Samuel, and A. T. Szabó. 1996. "Checklist for recording the cultivation and uses of hulled wheats," in Hulled wheats. Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Hulled Wheats. Promoting the conservation and use of underutilized and neglected crops 4. Edited by S. Padulosi, K. Hammer, and J. Heller, pp. 234-245. Rome: International Plant Genetic Resources Institute. Or download entire Hulled Wheats book from IPGRI

Archaeobotany - general/methodology

Nesbitt, M. 1995. "Recovery of archaeological plant remains at Kaman-Kalehöyük," in Essays on ancient Anatolia and its surrounding civilizations, vol. 8, Bulletin of the Middle East Culture Centre in Japan. Edited by T. Mikasa, pp. 115-130. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Nesbitt, M. 2006. "Archaeobotany," in The encyclopedia of seeds: science, technology and uses. Edited by M. Black, J. D. Bewley, and P. Halmer, pp. 20-22. Wallingford: CABI.

Nesbitt, M. 2006. Identification guide for Near Eastern grass seeds. London: Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 129pp. ISBN 0-905853-41-5. Based on

Nesbitt, M. 1997. Archaeobotanical identification of Near Eastern grass caryopses. Ph.D, University College London.

Nesbitt, M., and J. Goddard. 1997. Why draw seeds? Illustrating archaeobotany. Graphic Archaeology 1997:13-21.

Nesbitt, M., and J. Greig. 1989. A bibliography for the archaeobotanical identification of seeds from Europe and the Near East. Circaea 7:11-30.

Archaeobotany - domestication

Nesbitt, M. 2004. Can we identify a centre, a region, or a supra-region for Near Eastern plant domestication? Neo-Lithics 2004:38-40.

Nesbitt, M. 2002. "When and where did domesticated cereals first occur in southwest Asia?," in The dawn of farming in the Near East. Edited by R. Cappers and S. Bottema, pp. 113-132. Berlin: Ex Oriente.

Savard, M. Nesbitt, M.K. Jones. 2006. The role of wild grasses in subsistence and sedentism: new evidence from the northern Fertile Crescent. World Archaeology 38(2): 179-196.

G Willcox, M Nesbitt, F Bittmann. 2012. From collecting to cultivation: transitions to a production economy in the Near East.  Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 21: 81-83.


Archaeobotany - cereals
Evers, A., and M. Nesbitt. 2006. "Cereals," in The encyclopedia of seeds: science, technology and uses. Edited by M. Black, J. D. Bewley, and P. Halmer, pp. 65-70. Wallingford: CABI. Details of book

Hillman, G. C., S. Mason, D. de Moulins, and M. Nesbitt. 1996 for 1995. Identification of archaeological remains of wheat: the 1992 London workshop. Circaea 12:195-209.

Mori, N., T. Ishii, T. Ishido, S. Hirosawa, H. Watatani, T. Kawahara, M. Nesbitt, G. Belay, S. Takumi, Y. Ogihara, and C. Nakamura. 2003. Origin of domesticated emmer and common wheat inferred from chloroplast DNA fingerprinting. In 10th International Wheat Genetics Symposium, vol. 5, pp. 25-28. Rome: Istituto Sperimentale Cerealicoltura.

Nesbitt, M. 1998. Where was einkorn wheat domesticated? Trends in Plant Science 3:82-83.

Nesbitt, M. 2001. "Wheat evolution: integrating archaeological and biological evidence," in Wheat taxonomy: the legacy of John Percival, vol. 3, Linnean, Special Issue. Edited by P. D. S. Caligari and P. E. Brandham, pp. 37-59. London: Linnean Society.

Nesbitt, M. 2005. "Grains," in The cultural history of plants. Edited by G. Prance and M. Nesbitt, pp. 45-60. New York: Routledge.

Nesbitt, M., and D. Samuel. 1998. Letter. Wheat domestication: archaeobotanical evidence. Science 279:1432.

Nesbitt, M., and D. Samuel. 1996. "From staple crop to extinction? The archaeology and history of the hulled wheats," in Hulled wheats. Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Hulled Wheats. Promoting the conservation and use of underutilized and neglected crops 4. Edited by S. Padulosi, K. Hammer, and J. Heller, pp. 41-100. Rome: International Plant Genetic Resources Institute.

Nesbitt, M., Simpson, S. J. and Svanberg, I. (2010) History of rice in Western and Central Asia. In S. D. Sharma (ed.) Rice: origin, antiquity and history, 308-340, 535-541. Enfield, NH, Science Publishers. Book details: Science Publishers (USA).

Archaeobotany - Near Eastern sites
Nesbitt, M., and G. D. Summers. 1988. Some recent discoveries of millet (Panicum miliaceum L. and Setaria italica (L.) P. Beauv.) at excavations in Turkey and Iran. Anatolian Studies 38:85-97.

Martinoli, D., and M. Nesbitt. 2003. Plant stores at Pottery Neolithic Höyücek, southwest Turkey. Anatolian Studies 53:17-32.

Nesbitt, M. 1993. Archaeobotanical evidence for early Dilmun diet at Saar, Bahrain. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 4:20-47.

Nesbitt, M. 1993. Archaeobotanical remains [In G. Herrmann et al, The International Merv Project, preliminary report on the first season (1992), 39-62]. Iran 31:56-58, plate XVc,d.

Nesbitt,M. 1992. "VIII. A preliminary note on the charred plant remains," in Nemrik 9. Pre-pottery Neolithic site in Iraq. Volume 2: House No 1/ 1A/ 1B. Edited by S. K. Kozlowski, pp. 127. Warsaw: University of Warsaw.

Nesbitt, M. 1993. "Ancient crop husbandry at Kaman-Kalehöyük: 1991 archaeobotanical report," in Essays on Anatolian Archaeology, vol. 7, Bulletin of the Middle Eastern Culture Center in Japan. Edited by T. Mikasa, pp. 75-97. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Nesbitt, M. 1994. Archaeobotanical research in the Merv Oasis [In G. Herrmann et al, The International Merv Project. Preliminary report on the second season (1993), 53-75]. Iran 32:71-73.

Nesbitt, M. 1995. Plants and people in ancient Anatolia. Biblical Archaeologist 58:68-81.

Nesbitt, M. 1995. "4. The search for plant remains," in Qermez Dere, Tell Afar: interim report no. 3, vol. 14, Project Paper. Edited by T. Watkins, pp. 9-11, 40-45. Edinburgh: Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.

Nesbitt,M. 1996. Archaeobotany in Turkey: a review of current research. Orient Express 1996:91-96.

Nesbitt, M. 1996. "Chalcolithic crops from Kuruçay Höyük: an interim report," in Kuruçay Höyük II. Edited by R. Duru, pp. 89-93, 134-137. Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu.

Nesbitt, M., and J. Postgate. 2001. "Nuss und Verwandtes (nuts)," in Reallexikon der Assyriologie und Vorderasiatischen Archäologie 9(7/8). Edited by G. Frant-Szabó, pp. 633-635. Berlin: de Gruyter.

Nesbitt, M., and S. O'Hara. 2000. "Irrigation agriculture in Central Asia: a long-term perspective from Turkmenistan," in The archaeology of drylands: living at the margin. Edited by G. Barker and D. Gilbertson, pp. 103-122. London: Routledge.

Powell, M. A., and M. Nesbitt. 2003. "Obst und Gemüse (Fruits and vegetables)," in Reallexikon der Assyriologie, vol. 10(1/2). Edited by G. Frantz-Szabó, pp. 26-30. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

Riehl, S., and M. Nesbitt. 2003. "Crops and cultivation in the Iron Age Near East: change or continuity?," in From Bronze to Iron Ages in Anatolia and its Neighbouring Regions. Edited by B. Fischer, H. Genz, É. Jean, and K. Köroglu, pp. 301-314. Istanbul: Ege Yayinlari.

Rosenberg, M., M. Nesbitt, R. W. Redding, and B. L. Peasnall. 1998. Hallan Çemi, pig husbandry, and post-Pleistocene adaptations along the Taurus-Zagros arc (Turkey). Paléorient 24:25-41.

Rosenberg, M., M. Nesbitt, R. W. Redding, and T. F. Strasser. 1995. Hallan Çemi Tepesi: some preliminary observations concerning early Neolithic subsistence behaviors in eastern Anatolia. Anatolica 21:1-12.

Savard, M., M. Nesbitt, and R. Gale. 2003. Archaeobotanical evidence for Neolithic diet and subsistence at M'lefaat (Iraq). Paléorient 29:93-106.

Watkins, T., A. Betts, K. Dobney, and M. Nesbitt. 1991. Qermez Dere, Tel Afar: interim report no 2. Vol. 13. Project Paper. Edinburgh: Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.

Nesbitt, M. 1996. "Agriculture," in The Oxford companion to archaeology. Edited by B. M. Fagan, pp. 19-21. New York: Oxford University Press.