Underground transfer of carbonised organic residues to lithics during preliminary fire experiments: implications for archaeology

@article{Wadley2019UndergroundTO,
  title={Underground transfer of carbonised organic residues to lithics during preliminary fire experiments: implications for archaeology},
  author={L. Wadley and Susan Luong and C. Sievers and L. Prinsloo},
  journal={Heritage Science},
  year={2019},
  volume={7},
  pages={1-11}
}
Using fire experiments, we investigate claims that black organic residues on lithics found in Stone Age sites are markers for heat treatment of rocks in the embers of aboveground wood fires. We buried sedges overlain with lithics and bone to replicate plant bedding sometimes found in archaeological sites. Small fires were lit over the material buried under a mixture of coarse- and medium-grained sand. Black carbonised residues formed on several lithics that were in direct contact with buried… Expand

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