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Phytolith Research in Southeastern China – First Envoy Post by Xinxin Zuo

The aims of our studies using phytolith analysis are four-fold: 1. Archaeological and cultural aspects To determine how and when prehistoric agriculture emerged and spread in southeastern China and its relationship to environmental changes. Located on the southeast coast of China, Fujian is a critical junction for the spread and migration of agriculture and populations […]

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Bioturbation: Unveiling the role of ants and termites in the phytolith assemblage of tropical soils – First IPS Envoy Post by Carolina Glaeser Benincá

Over two thousand years ago, the French naturalist Saint’ Hilaire said: “soit le Brésil finit avec la fourmi [saúva], soit la fourmi finit avec le Brésil” [Either Brazil ends the ants [leaf-cutter] or the ant ends Brazil], dramatically illustrating the profound impact that a single biological element can have on the balance and sustainability of an […]

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New Feature – IPS Envoys!

The IPS is delighted to introduce IPS Envoy posts, a new feature on the website designed to increase communication among phytolith researchers. Because the phytolith research community is so large and global, it is difficult to keep up with research conducted by laboratories outside one’s own region. The Board has chosen four regional envoys who […]

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Announcing the Launch of PHYTO-CHAT-L!

For many years, the phytolith research community communicated through the listserve PHY-TALK. Unfortunately, PHY-TALK became non-operational several years ago. The IPS Board is very happy to announce that PHYTO-CHAT-L, a new listserv dedicated to discussion of anything related to phytoliths, is now operational (a big thank you to Board member Chad Yost for making this […]

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International conference in Nice (France) about “Dung, manure and guano”

International conference in Nice (France) about “Dung, manure and guano: garbage or brown gold? Status, use and management of animal dung since prehistoric times; archaeological and paleoenvironmental potential” To know more https://www.cepam.cnrs.fr/evenement/colloque-fumier-bouses-et-guano-ordures-ou-or-brun https://www.cepam.cnrs.fr/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/44_Rencontres_Nice_Dung_firstcircular.pdf  

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Awarded by the Society for Archaeological Sciences

The paper by Sergio Taranto and colleagues “Investigating the function of late-Neolithic ‘husking trays’ from Syrian Jazira through integrated use-alteration and phytolith analyses”, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports has been awarded the Charles C. Kolb Award 2022 by the Society for Archaeological Sciences (SAS). This paper sheds new light on Neolithic food […]

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13th International Meeting on Phytolith Research to be held in Israel, 3-7 Sep. 2023

  Check the conference website for details regarding the conference and abstract submission! Important dates Abstract submission closes – April 20th Notification on abstract acceptance – May 10th Programme published – June 1st Early registration closes – August 1st Evening Reception – September 3rd Talks – September 4th-6th Fieldtrip – September 7th Looking forward to […]

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