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Looking Beyond the Surface: Use of High Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography on Archaeobotanical Remains

Murphy, C; Fuller, D; Stevens, C; Gregory, T; Silva, F; Dal Martello, R; Song, J; ... Rau, C; + view all (2019) Looking Beyond the Surface: Use of High Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography on Archaeobotanical Remains. Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica: Natural Sciences in Archaeology , X (1) pp. 7-18. 10.24916/iansa.2019.1.1. Green open access

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Abstract

High Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography (HRXCT) offers a powerful 3-dimensional, non-destructive and non-invasive diagnostic tool for imaging the external and internal structures of a range of specimens of interest including archaeobotanical remains. HRXCT offers new possibilities in terms of the research questions which may be asked of fragile and valuable archaeological and specifically archaeobotanical material. This technology, although currently somewhat limited in terms of time and access to beamtimes at National Synchrotrons, requires simple, non-destructive preparation of samples and produces exciting results. Based upon two rounds of successful work we believe that this new methodology has wider implications and utility for advancing the field of imaging, and investigating aspects of plant domestication such as internal anatomical changes.

Type: Article
Title: Looking Beyond the Surface: Use of High Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography on Archaeobotanical Remains
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.24916/iansa.2019.1.1
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.24916/iansa.2019.1.1
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: High-Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography (HRXCT), Synchrotron, Morphometrics, Imaging, Archaeobotany
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10067891
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