Ghosh, R., D'Rozario, A. and Bera, S. (2006). Can palynomorphs occur in burnt ancient potsherds?. J Archaeol Sci 33 (10). Vol 33(10), pp. 1445-1451.

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Can palynomorphs occur in burnt ancient potsherds?
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An experimental proof
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J Archaeol Sci 33 (10)
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Journal of Archaeological Science
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33 (10)
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1445 - 1451
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Potsherds from archaeological sites are usually found barren of palynomorphs; however, half burnt potsherds from an excavation site dated to 3320 ± 400 years BP to 2080 ± 80 years BP in Gangetic West Bengal, India, yielded some palynotaxa. That palynomorphs can remain preserved in half burnt potsherds was experimentally proved with pots made from mud mixed with known pollen grains and burning for variable duration. Pots burnt for shorter duration showed recovery, while prolonged firing showed poor or no recovery. Present study suggests the use of pollen grains from under-fired ancient potsherds as a reliable tool in deciphering vegetation, climate, agriculture and related parameters of archaeological research.
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Ruby Ghosh
Ashalata D'Rozario
Subir Bera
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2006
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Excavation (Auto Detected Subject))
Burnt Potsherds (Auto Detected Subject))
Burnt Ancient Potsherds Potsherds (Auto Detected Subject))
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12 Jun 2007