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X-ray computed microtomography and the identification of wood taxa selected for archaeological artefact manufacture: Rare examples from Australian contexts

Whitau, Rose; Dilkes-Hall, India Ella; Dotte, Emilie; Langley, Michelle; Balme, Jane; O'Connor, Susan


Wooden artefacts are seldom recovered from Australian archaeological contexts, limiting our understanding of an important component of past Indigenous socio-economic systems. When recovered, the taxa used for construction are very rarely identified, andwhen undertaken, taxonomic identifications are generally unsubstantiated. For wood taxa to be identified, the microscopic elements of the xylem structure need to be observed and described from three planes. Conventional microscopymethods require...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.03.021


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