5th Experimental Archaeology Conference Abstract – Ferran Antolin

From the 5th Experimental Archaeology Conference, Reading, 2011.

Inferring taphonomical history of grain assemblages: an experimental approach

Ferran Antolín

Laboratori d’Arqueobotanica, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Grain assemblages are relatively common in archaeological sites. They are reported to have a good potential of information on agricultural and gathering practices. Nevertheless, limitations on our knowledge of their taphonomical history are serious drawbacks in our final interpretations. What temperatures were the assemblage exposed to? Did all the taxa have the same possibilities of surviving? Is the assemblage really in situ? How has it been affected by post-depositional processes? An experimental plan to answer most of these questions will be presented along with the results of the
first experiments.


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