Calcareous nannofossils as a tool for the provenance determination of archaeological ceramics, building materials and related artefacts
Patrick Sean Quinn, 2017. "Calcareous nannofossils as a tool for the provenance determination of archaeological ceramics, building materials and related artefacts", The Archaeological and Forensic Applications of Microfossils: A Deeper Understanding of Human History, M. Williams, T. Hill, I. Boomer, I. P. Wilkinson
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Calcareous nannofossils are one of several groups of microscopic fossil remains that can occur within archaeological artefacts such as ceramics, lithics and plaster. Their detailed taxonomic and biostratigraphic study holds significant potential to address archaeological questions such as raw material procurement, artefact provenance and related topics including trade, exchange, migration, technological choice and tradition. Here the occurrence of nannofossils in ancient artefacts is discussed, a method for their study is outlined, and a review of the ways in which they have been used in this interesting and poorly reported context is presented.