"We're looking for pieces of plants and bones that they might have been using for food or cooking. We want to know if they were using water in the rooms. The slides help us see time through history. We can actually detect changes throughout time. "
Wendy Matthews, Micromorphology
slides A relatively new method of studying archaeological sites, micromorphology is being used at Çatalhöyük to gain insights about the types of activities that took place within the buildings and throughout the site. Where in a house did cooking take place? Where was food stored? Were stone or bone tools made inside the house? These and similar questions are difficult to answer because the residents of Çatalhöyük kept their homes swept nice and clean. But, by examining sample blocks of floor and wall plasters in thin section (like big microscope slides) under the microscope, tiny fragments of things like obsidian chips, plants, bone, and charcoal that got trampled and embedded into the floor surface are providing clues.
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