New charring papers in press!

Two complementary papers on the effect of charring and burial on stable carbon and nitrogen isotope values and biochemical components of cereal grains are now available online from Journal of Archaeological Science.

Styring, A., Manning, H., Fraser, R., Wallace, M., Jones, G., Charles, M., Heaton, T., Bogaard, A. and Evershed, R., The effect of charring and burial on the biochemical composition of cereal grains: Investigating the integrity of archaeological plant material. Journal of Archaeological Science, In Press

Fraser, R., Bogaard, A., Charles, M., Styring, A., Wallace, M., Jones, G., Ditchfield, P. and Heaton, T. , Assessing natural variation and the effects of charring, burial and pre-treatment on the stable carbon and nitrogen isotope values of archaeobotanical cereal and pulse remains. Journal of Archaeological Science, In Press

Provence fieldwork begins

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Three members of the AGRICURB team will be conducting fieldwork at the end of June/July in the Haute Provence region of France. Working in cooperation with local organic farmers, we will be conducting a survey of arable weed flora in organic cereal and pulse fields while also taking samples for stable isotope analysis.

Strontium sampling in Germany

Sampling tree leavesAmy and Petra have just returned from sampling modern tree leaves in the vicinity of Hornstaad and Sipplingen – two Late Neolithic lakeshore settlements in Germany.  Strontium isotope analysis of these tree leaves will help to establish a “local” baseline signature, for comparison with the strontium isotope values of archaeobotanical remains from the sites.