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Author Madella, Marco

Title Plants, People and Places : Recent Studies in Phytolithic Analysis
Published Havertown : Oxbow Books, 2007
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Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Foreword; PART 1: METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES; 1 Can slide preparation methods cause size biases in phytolith assemblages? Results from a preliminary study; Introduction; Materials and methods; Results; Discussion and conclusion; Acknowledgements; 2 Phytolith analysis of ploughed land thin sections. Contribution to the early development of medieval Brussels (Treurenberg site, Belgium); Introduction; The proxies; Opal phytolith analysis of soil thin sections; The Treurenberg thin sections; The Treurenberg soil samples
Archaeological implicationsConclusions; Appendix; Thin section: Treur K34. Profile: T3. Horizon: 4 + top 5. SU 115; Thin section: Treur K47.2. Profile: T4. Horizons: 4, 5 & 6. SU 173.; Thin section: Treur C4.1. Profile: T3. Horizons: 5 & 6. SU 115 & 116; Acknowledgments; PART 2: BOTANICAL RESEARCH; 3 A survey of phytoliths produced by the vegetation of Dhofar, Oman; Introduction; Study area; Vegetation; Plant communities; Materials and methods; Results; Conclusion; 4 Microfossils characterization from south Andean economic plants; Introduction; The regional problem; Materials and methods
ResultsDiscussion; Conclusion; Appendix 4.1 Samples provenience; Appendix 4.2 Phytolith and starch grain descriptions; Acknowledgements; 5 Morphological characteristics observed in the leaf phytoliths of selected Gymnosperms of eastern Australia; Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgments; 6 Silicification of conifers and its significance to the environment; Introduction; The silicon biocycle; Silicon deposition in conifer roots, stems and leaves; Materials and methods; Results; Discussion; Biotic and climatic factors influencing coniferous forest ecosystems
Significance of conifer phytoliths in soilsPreservation of conifer phytoliths; Climate change and coniferous forests; Silica phytoliths as proxies of palaeoclimatic change; Acknowledgements; PART 3: APPLICATIONS IN ARCHAEOLOGY; 7 Hearth structure and function at level J (50kyr, bp) from Abric RomanĂ­ (Capellades, Spain): phytolith, charcoal, bones and stone-tools; Introduction; The Abric RomanĂ­ site; The hearths; Archaeobotanical remains, bones and stone-tools; Methodology for the phytolith study; Results; Conclusions; Acknowledgements
8 The analysis of phytolith from Braehead archaeological site (Scotland, UK)Introduction; Objectives of the phytolith study from Braehead; Methodology; Results; Discussion; Conclusions; Acknowledgements; 9 Microstratigraphy of an Early Historic refuse pit: a phytolithological approach; Introduction; Phytolithological analysis; Field and laboratory procedures; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgments; 10 Phytolith analytical study on a Late Chalcolithic-Early Historical archaeo-stratigraphical sequence from Balathal, South Rajasthan, India; The archaeological background; Approach to the problem
Summary Phytoliths - rigid microscopic bodies that occur in most plant species - have gone a long way since that day when Darwin became curious about a fine powder deposited on the instruments of the HMS Beagle. This fascinating subject started because of curiosity, and in that respect it was a good start since curiosity is probably the most important drive behind first-rate research. Fortunately curiosity is still present in phytolith research; the articles in this book are full of curiosity and ingenuity. Phytolith research has grown since the times of Darwin and in the last three decades has bloome
Notes The archaeo-stratigraphical sequence
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Subject Phytoliths -- Congresses
Plant remains (Archaeology) -- Congresses
Paleoecology -- Congresses
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Archaeology.
Plant remains (Archaeology)
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781782974307
9781782974321 (electronic bk.)
1782974326 (electronic bk.)