Let beauty come out of ashes - Ashy layers of Monjukli Depe



Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Monjukli Depe, the Neolithic/Aeneolithic settlement in southwestern Turkmenistan, showed no signs of being burned or destroyed by fire. Yet, there were large amounts of ash in various areas of the site, not restricted to the identified middens. This intriguing volume of ash led to the question: Is all the ash the same or can we discern various types? The underlying hypothesis was that depending on the temperature of the fire and its duration, the fuel is consumed and thus transformed differently, resulting in chemically different types of ash. If one were able to discern these differences, one might be able to tie them to (a) different area within the site (links to various types of fire installations) or (b) different types of fuel and its heating characteristics.
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