Patience when phytolith processing
|Not what you want to see when going to check on samples in the drying oven|
For more on the archaeology of Elbląg, check out this blog here: http://staremiastoelblag-mah.blogspot.co.uk/ It's in Polish but the google translate button gives you the basic idea - though some of the translations are truly bizarre. The entry on pottery production translates 'fragments' as 'blood' for some reason, giving rise to such interesting phrases as "information on how to manufacture blood" and "Some of the forms of the blood are characteristic of areas in Central Germany".
In other news, my article in Geoarchaeology is now published, which covers the detailed micromorphology results from my PhD and 2 years' additional work on further material. I am so glad this one is finally done, having had it floating around for about a year and a half. There are few suitable journals that allow sufficient word/page count for an epic micromorphology descriptive monster like this, and it has been edited so many times I am quite sick of the sight of it. But don't let that put you off! There are lots of pretty pictures too if that helps, and a bunch of useful refs to other geoarchaeology related work at Catalhoyuk. Co-authored with my PhD supervisor Wendy Matthews. As always, pdf available from me if you don't have access.
Shillito, L.-M., and Matthews, W. (2013). Geoarchaeological Investigations of Midden-Formation Processes in the Early to Late Ceramic Neolithic Levels at Çatalhöyük, Turkey ca. 8550–8370 cal BP Geoarchaeology: an International Journal 28:25 – 49.