Episode 111: What can soluble salts in Aşıklı Höyük's archaeological material tell us about Neolithic Turkey?
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Today, Jordan Abell (Lamonet–Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University) talks about his current PhD research and collective body of work in geology, archaeology and paleoclimatology.
One component of Jordan's recent scientific work is using geochemical methods to explain when animal domestication may have began as a practice among ancient people such as those residing at Aşıklı Höyük roughly 10,000 years ago. How is it that Jordan and his team were able to quantify and identify the various urine salts hidden in these archaeological layers? How did he and his researchers combine the discovery of these salts with archaeozoological evidence and studies of baseline salt levels in the environment to tell a cohesive narrative about what happened at this site during the Neolithic?
What other geological and atmospheric science work is Jordan doing to understand air, land and water interactions in the past? What has the experience been for him engaging with and combining all of these different scientific approaches to answer interesting questions about past landscapes?
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