Birgül explains about her work using microscopic plant remains to understand life in ancient western Asia. What are phytoliths and how do we find them? How can such microscopic evidence tell us about building use, for example? And where do they sit in the archaeological toolkit?
3:12 what are phytoliths?
5:14 sampling method
11:43 limitations of phytoliths
14:07 from the micro-scale to the big picture
16:59 combination with other methods
26:27 Birgül’s projects
Birgül’s Academia page
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Music by Ruba Hillawi