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Experimental archaeobotany and geoarchaeology
A research project of the Department of Archaeology.
A series of experimental archaeobotanical and geoarchaeological research projects are underway in the Department laboratories and the Durham University’s Botanic Garden. Undergraduate and post-graduate student projects are being integrated into the long-standing experimental archaeobotany of members of staff, including Dr. Mike Church, Dr. Rosie Bishop and Professor Peter Rowley-Conwy. Projects to date have included fire ash sourcing by mineral magnetism, archaeobotanical preservation in peat and turf fuels, and the differential preservation of cereals, seeds and nuts.
- Church, M J, Peters, C & Batt, C M (2007). Sourcing fire ash on archaeological sites in the Western and Northern Isles of Scotland, using mineral magnetism. Geoarchaeology 22(7): 747-774.
- Peters, C, Thompson, R, Harrison, A & Church, M J (2002). Low temperature magnetic characterisation of fire ash residues. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 27(31): 1355-1361.
- Peters, C, Church, M J & Mitchell, C (2001). Investigation of fire ash residues using mineral magnetism. Archaeological Prospection 8(4): 227-237.
Chapter in book
- Peters, C, Church, M J & Batt, C (2004). Application of mineral magnetism in Atlantic Scotland archaeology 1: techniques, magnetic enhancement and the identification of fuel sources. In Atlantic connections and adaptations: economies, environments and subsistence in lands bordering the North Atlantic. Housley R A & Coles G M Oxford: Oxbow Books. 86-95.
- Church, M J & Peters, C (2004). Application of mineral magnetism in Atlantic Scotland archaeology 2: magnetic susceptibility and archaeobotanical taphonomy in West Lewis, Scotland. In Atlantic connections and adaptations: economies, environments and subsistence in lands bordering the North Atlantic. Housley, R A & Coles, G M Oxford: Oxbow Books. 99-115.