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Lindi Masur

“Western Basin Paleoethnobotany: Food Production and Landscape Construction at the Borderlands of Algonquin and Iroquoian Territory (1300 CE)”

Lindi Masur

University of Toronto, Garden and Landscape Studies Junior Fellow

Masur’s research investigates the intensification of maize horticulture and associated constructed landscapes of the early Late Woodland (1000–1300 CE) Western Basin Tradition (WBT) peoples in Ontario, Canada. Her work investigates how past peoples altered, encouraged, and managed plant species and their environments at the borderland of Iroquoian influence. For her PhD dissertation she is conducting paleoethnobotanical analyses to elucidate foodways, mobility, and identity in the past, aiming to deconstruct dichotomous notions of WBT mobile subsistence strategies versus Iroquoian farming.

Lindi Masur, a PhD candidate in the Anthropology Department at the University of Toronto, is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in human-landscape interaction with relation to food production in the New World. Since 2009, she has been involved in long-term research programs in the Great Lakes region and on the north coast of Peru. She has an MA from the University of British Columbia where her thesis explored the use of peanuts (Arachis hypogaea) and their role as a prestige good during the Early Intermediate Period on the north coast of Peru.