Marine micromorphology in 3D: Visualisation of a submerged midden site from Hjarno, Denmark

Ingrid Ward, A. Maksimenko

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Micromorphology is traditionally done in two-dimensions from thin section. Here we use X-ray computed tomographic imaging to provide microspatial three-dimensional imaging of a section of a submerged shell midden from Denmark. The 3D imaging complements traditional micromorphological methods to provide greater interpretive power of the biogenic structure and taphonomy of the archaeological remains within the midden. Examples include the different degree of fracturing within shell layers, presence of epizootic infestation in several oyster shells and morphology of a flint artefact. Whilst higher-resolution micro-computed tomographic imaging would offer potential to better resolve micron-scale features, these preliminary results highlight the potential of X-ray tomography to resolve and document structural and morphological features of embedded archaeological materials without the need for invasive procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-375
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

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