Microfossil evidence for grinding activities
Albert, Rosa M.
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Functional and technological analyses of grinding stone toolshave long played a major role in the characterization of such implementsin the archaeological record. Likewise, microfossil studiesfrom grinding stone assemblages have proved to be critical fordelineating tool use and tracing processing activities.
This paperdeals with recent interdisciplinary research conducted at varioussettlement sites spanning from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic to the IronAge. Using a selection of archaeological case studies, it examinesways in which plant microremains, primarily phytoliths, togetherwith other archaeobotanical data (i.e. grain starches, pollen, macroremains)and diverse methodological approaches (i.e. use-wear,contextual geoarchaeological analyses) contribute to a better understandingof the functional analyses of grinding tools, as wellas to reconstructing plant processing patterns and site activityareas. The contribution of experimental approaches to an improvedinterpretation of processing behaviors, as well as the fundamentalimportance of understanding taphonomic and formation processesin archaeological contexts is also discussed.
- Any: 2014 Núm.: 24