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  • A burial contains numerous, individual microenvironments, each of which has a different preservation potential, which in turn can provide evidence of human diets. Animal and plant food residues can be recovered from the lower intestinal tract, oral cavity, associated vessels, other forms of burial offerings, and fragments or whole plants or animals deposited in the burial. Individual microenvironments at a burial site result from many aspects including, but not limited to: (1) preparation of the burial feature, (2) addition of burial offerings, (3) depth and orientation of the corpse, (4) edaphic conditions such as moisture and pH, (5) microbial activity, and (6) exposure of the burial when it is excavated. © 2008 Copyright © unknown. Published by null.

author list (cited authors)

  • Reinhard, K. J., & Bryant, V. M.

citation count

  • 2

Book Title

  • Encyclopedia of Archaeology

publication date

  • January 2008