Condition of the archaeological deposits

Correlation between preservation of plants, worm eggs and insects

There was no correlation between the estimates of preservation for fruits/seeds, Trichuris eggs and insect remains. While the plant remains and invertebrates are composed of very different materials, so that it might be argued that a correlation would not be invariably expected, the closer similarity of the egg shells and insect cuticles might have been expected to have led to at least a weak correlation. The explanation for the overall lack of correlation is probably that the deposits examined were very heterogeneous in their nature, the remains having different taphonomic histories and thus variable degrees of decay before final incorporation as well as small-scale variations within the samples.


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