Ash pseudomorphs and dung spherulites are calcitic micro-remains. The former is found in large quantities in wood ash and the latter in animal dung. In this chapter, we describe the formation and composition of these micro-remains and discuss their significance for archaeological interpretation. Additionally, we describe the methods used for their extraction from archaeological deposits, identification using a polarized light microscope and quantification. Finally, we highlight their preservation potential and discuss taphonomic processes that may result in misidentification and/or impaired archaeological interpretation.
|Title of host publication||Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology|
|Number of pages||31|
|State||Published - 2020|
|Name||Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology|
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- Archaeological interpretation
- Ash pseudomorphs
- Dung spherulites
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