The holdings of the Archaeobotanical Collection of the Department of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archeology of the Institute of Ancient Studies comprise about 10,000 objects, i.e. recent seeds, fruits, buds and needles of cultivated and wild-growing Central European plants, which are arranged according to plant families.
The collection has existed since 1986 and was founded with the establishment of the Archaeobotanical Laboratory – formerly at the Federal State Museum Trier.
The collection is constantly being expanded, depending on the investigations currently being carried out in the Archaeobotanical Laboratory. The plant seeds and fruits come mainly from various botanical gardens in Germany. In addition, the specimens are added to the collection through exchange with colleagues and through self-collection by the laboratory manager.
The collection contains indispensable reference material for archaeobotanical investigations and serves research and teaching purposes.