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Identification of bast fibers from Samdzong, Nepal

Author(s): Mario Zimmermann ; Jade D'Alpoim Guedes ; Mark Altenderfer

Year: 2016

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Textile remains have been recovered from burials at the highland site of Samdzong, northwestern Nepal. The fabrics are desiccated exhibiting and high degree of preservation which is shown by the presence of cellular tissue pertaining to bast bundles. In this paper, we discuss methodological approaches towards the study of plant fibers and their surrounding tissues focusing on different techniques of microscopy. We will address advantages and limitations for transmitted and polarized light, as well as SEM and confocal microscopy. Finally, we will present an identification key based on diagnostic features for different types of bast fibers.

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Identification of bast fibers from Samdzong, Nepal. Mario Zimmermann, Jade D'Alpoim Guedes, Mark Altenderfer. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404234)


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East/Southeast Asia

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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America