We present an improved method for extracting phytoliths from soils.
The estimated ages of the phytoliths and other materials were generally consistent, except for one outlier.
We attribute this inconsistency to the post-depositional processes of phytoliths in soil, rather than to the uptake of old carbon from the soil.
The field school takes place in Belgium, over 5000 miles away from your native California!
Okay, it’s a little bit out of your comfort zone, and the fact you’ll be staying in an unfamiliar country for two months can be nerve-racking, but you couldn’t pass up such a learning opportunity!
Furthermore, if a sample has been contaminated, scientists will know about it.