Going underground : experimental carbonization of fruiting structures under hearths

@article{Sievers2008GoingU,
  title={Going underground : experimental carbonization of fruiting structures under hearths},
  author={C. Sievers and L. Wadley},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={35},
  pages={2909-2917}
}
We show that carbonized fruits and seeds recovered from Middle Stone Age deposits in rock shelters are likely to have been carbonized as part of post-depositional processes. We buried indigenous South African fruits, nuts and seeds at pre-determined depths and distances from the centers of experimental fires. The cold ashes of the hearths and the sand surrounding them were subsequently excavated, using standard archaeological techniques and dry-screening. The fruiting structures from the… Expand
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