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Date August 2013

Event ID 994288

Category Recording

Type Excavation


HY 2945 1335 Samples were collected in August 2013 from midden deposits at the Ness of Brodgar for micromorphology and phytolith analysis. The aims of this pilot project are to investigate differences in activities occurring in different parts of the site, and to investigate the types of plants being used for food and fuel. This will be achieved by combining microscopic analysis of midden stratigraphy with analysis of plant microfossil remains. This combination of methods has been successfully applied to Neolithic sites in other parts of the world, but so far has not been applied in the UK. Preliminary assessment of material in the field indicated a high potential for excellent preservation of microscopic features, and full analysis will be undertaken in 2014.

Report: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Digital data: ADS

Funder: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Orkney Archaeology Society

Lisa-Marie Shillito, University of Edinburgh, 2013

(Source: DES)

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