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Leicester geologist leads new book on the forensic application of microfossils

Professor Mark Williams from our Department of Geology has recently published a new book exploring how microfossils can be used to shed light on human history.

The book, ‘The Archaeological and Forensic Applications of Microfossils: A Deeper Understanding of Human History’, explores how microfossils, as abundant but tiny components of the sedimentary rock record, can be employed as tools to identify the origin of different artefacts.

Microfossils are found in everything from Iron Age pottery to the individual building blocks of Roman mosaics, and in addition they can be used to trace key materials at crime scenes.

 

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