Further information on the meeting will be posted on the TMS website in March.
When identified to species, archaeological pollen can be used to identify clues to prehistoric climate (what kind of plants grew in the neighborhood of a given site) and diet (what kind of plants were consumed at a given site).
Recent studies have shown that caution should be taken with regard to pollen, because like many microscopic archaeological remains, natural and cultural behavior may both account for the presence of pollen.
Two excellent sources on pollen research are Owen Davis's Palynology page, and that of the University College of London.
A brief bibliography on palynology studies in archaeology has been compiled for this project.