Picture of an archeological site: Pagan altar at Meggido, once a great city on the crossroads of history. Nations from the two ends of the
known world 3000 years ago, Babylon in the East and Egypt in the West clashed in
battle for its possession.
Another, rather interesting, application of
pollen is in the field of archeology. The use of pollen to date archeological
sites originated in Europe in the early 1900ís. Archeologists, then, concern
themselves with human activities that could have potentially altered the pollen
record. They look for evidence of human interactions such as the domestication
of cultivable species of plants or logging activities. Hence, by looking at the
pollen record of archeological sites, they can find out more about the
influence of humans on the environment, and, also, get a better estimate for
the age of the site.