...and I would add that (following this line of argument) that when these sclerotia occur in occupation deposits which seem unlikely to have been living soils one suspects the deposits contain imported soil - there are often other components to 'go with them' such as peat fragments or fruits, seeds and underground organs which may have arrived in, for example, turves of various kinds.
Dear AllAs for archaeological interpretation, I have used presence of these in aquatic sediments as evidence for possible soil erosion in a Neolithic context in N. England. But apart from that I agree not very useful archeologically.best wishesDave Wilkinson
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Subject: Re: arch. spores - photosHello Dragana,
this looks like Coenococcum geophilus living in the soil. Not interesting for archaeobotanical interpretations as far as I know
Dragana Filipovic schrieb:
just to add photos to the previous e-mail (the scale is in mm). Apologies for the quality, still working on the camera-microscope setup. As I've mentioned, they do look like fungal.
Thank you again for the help.
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