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Domestic occupation remains

These are images of domestic occupation remains from the archaeological site of Çatalhöyük, in South-Central Turkey. These layers are 8,500 years old and they formed through the deposition of rake-outs from the fire installation inside the building being studied, consisting on burned herbivore dung, charred and calcined plants, and mineral aggregates of various origins.

The images were captured with an optical microscope (PPL, XPL and fluorescent light) by Aroa García-Suárez, PhD student at the Department of Archaeology, and a scanning electron microscope by Amanpreet Kaur. This work forms part of a wider research investigating household activities and community organisation in early Neolithic societies, a period witnessing the onset of agriculture and sedentism in the Near East.

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