Jade D’alpoim Guedes is an anthropological archaeologist and doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. She studies ancient plant remains preserved in archaeological sites to reconstruct how ancient agriculturalists coped with changing environments. D’alpoim Guedes is also the founder of www.paleobot.org, an open-access website dedicated to the improvement of identification of archaeobotanical remains.
During her fellowship, D’alpoim Guedes will analyze botanical remains from a series of sites in the Sichuan Basin and the Tibetan plateau to understand how early farmers adapted their agricultural practices to meet the challenges presented by this region. She argues that these choices had important implications for the development of social complexity, which appears to be tied closely to areas where intensified rice agriculture could be practiced.
D’alpoim Guedes, who has a BA from the Université Paris–Sorbonne, has received a Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, a Fulbright offer, and a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Grant to Individuals in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History.