Flotation and its Application in Archaeology
This web site attempts to provide a brief but informative guide to why and how
flotation is used, and how it benefits archaeobotany and archaeology in general. Below is
an outline of what is included.
I. Background – this is a simple summary of the theory behind flotation, and how it is
used in archaeology to reconstruct agricultural activities and diet.
II. Following on, the decisions involved, and justification for these standards are
III. The process of flotation is then explained, with steps guiding the reader though it.
IV. Finally, a brief case study of the site of al Mudaybi in Jordan is provided, to try and
put the whole process in perspective. References and web sites are included to
allow further study on archaeobotany, plus a more in-depth look at other sites.