Dr. Gail Wagner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Associated Faculty in the Environmental and Sustainability Program at University of South Carolina. Co-director of the Wateree Archaeological Research Project in central South Carolina and an archaeological specialist in paleoenthnobotany. Wagner researches the lifeways and diets of South Carolina Indians who lived between 800 and 1730 A.D.
Dr. Wagner completed a Ph.D in anthropology in 1987 from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She studies the relationships between people and plants, combining anthropology, archaeology, and botany. She has worked as a paleoethnobotanist in the Southeast, throughout the Midwest and in Arizona, Jordan and India. Since 1978 she has been helping museums and organization re-create Indian gardens typical of different time periods. She is an inveterate foodie who enjoys eating wild and weedy plants.
Did you know that for thousands of years, eastern North American Indians relied on native plants they has domesticated, but those crops now are extinct? And one of them never before been recognized as a food prior to its archeological discovery! Come find some myths busted and instead learn what archaeological evidence combined with early historic accounts tell us about the plants important in tradition Indians lives prior to and at contact with Europeans.