Nom i cognoms / Name and surname
Marian Berihuete Azorín
Afiliació / Affiliation
Institut Català de Paleocología Humana i Evolució Social
Programa de finançament europeu en que s’enmarca aquest projecte? / European funding programme in which this project is being carried out?
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Schemes
Títol del projecte / Project title
CHUFA: CHaracterizing Underground storage organs For Archaeological research. A necessary methodological improvement for the study of gathering practices in Prehistory.
Número del projecte / Project number
2018 BP 00272
Breu explicació del projecte / Brief explanation of your project
Some plants storage water and nutrients (mainly carbohydrates) in different types of Underground Storage Organs (USOs). Humans learned how to take advantage of these resources, managing and exploiting them throughout history. However, in spite of their importance as food, raw material and medicine in the past, when it comes to the archaeological record they are underrepresented, due to recovery and also methodological constrains. CHUFA will establish a systematic methodology, joining different disciplines for a multi-proxy study. In the first place, we are going to use different microscopy techniques (ESEM, 3Dscanner and microCT) to create reference material for identification the identification of archaeological remains. Secondly, experimental archaeology tools will be created and used in order to register and recognize use-wear patterns of USOs’ gathering and processing activities.
As a result, a botanical reference collection of USOs and a data base on use-wear traces and residues on experimental material will be created and made available on-line. The whole action will provide archaeobotanists, use-wear analysis specialists and archaeologists in general with reference material for the identification of USOs and their processing in archaeological sites. Eventually, these new possibilities will allow to fill in a gap in Hunter-Gatherer’s investigation and beyond.
Enllaç a la pàgina web del projecte / Link to your project website
Repte en que s’emmarca aquest projecte / Challenge within the framework of this project
Does not apply