Middens from the Mound of Beads
|Ashy midden deposits in thin section.|
|Collecting micromorph blocks from a sub-floor burial at Boncuklu|
So another large box of soil will be making it's way to Julie Boreham at Earthslides.com, who produced the first 2 slides from the site and produced the lovely slide scan above. This is a curious sample - a thick ashy midden with limited evidence of fine layering at the macroscale. Is this a single event or multiple episodes of deposition that have become more homogenised due to the shallow stratigraphy? And there are many, many phytoliths! Now just to check if they are coming from the ash itself or if there's any evidence of animal dung burning...