Glossary

Here is some archaeological terminology which might appear in our blog from time to time.

A

Archaeobotany … the study of plant remains recovered from archaeological sites.

B

Bioarchaeology … the study of biological remains recovered from archaeological sites (animals/plants/humans/insects).

C

Charred/carbonised plant remains … plant remains preserved by exposure to fire in a reducing atmosphere (no oxygen). Mainly consist of carbon.

D

Desiccated plant remains … plant remains preserved in permanently dry conditions, due to the inhibition of decay.

Mineralised plant remains … plant remains preserved by complete mineral replacement (usually calcium-phosphate) of organic material.

W

Waterlogged plant remains … plant remains preserved in permanently waterlogged conditions, due to the inhibition of decay.

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