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    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.
Archeological Palynology

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.

Modern Applications