Probable Uses of the Plants Recovered
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In the absence of any artefacts and from the nature of plant remains one can at best speculate on the uses to which various plant species might have been put by the inhabitants in the light of their present-day uses. Hordeum vulgare is used for making bread and porridge; fodder and cattle feed; probably for making some crude liquor. Lens culinaris is used as dhal; its husks, bran and dried haulms are used as fodder for livestock. Avena fatua and A. sativa are used for livestock feed, especially winter feed for stalled animals. Celtis australis is used as firewood; to a lesser extent for agricultural and household items. Picea smithiana is used as a building material, household items, and firewood. Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana is used as agricultural implements, firewood, and fencing.