Archaeobotanical analysis is well established in archaeological scientific research and has been applied to a range of prehistoric hearths. In comparison, chemical and molecular analysis of hearths is far less established, with doubts regarding the preservation, origin of organic molecules and the diversified function of the fire. This project will focus on combining the study of ashy layers with macroscopic burned residues, which offer the best potential for the study of fire-related activities. During prehistory, hearths fulfilled a wide range of functions, from cooking to processing raw materials (bone, plant, wood, pigments) but overall little is known despite its central role in prehistoric sites, particularly during the Palaeolithic.
PhD starting October 2021 and recruiting now.
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