Comparative Plant Fiber database to go online

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Ohio State University is looking to provide ethnobotanists, archaeologists and analysts with a new way to identify fibres found in prehistoric artefacts. Through a grant from the US National Center for Preservation Training and Technology, the university is creating an online database containing digital images of plant fibres.

The Comparative Plant Fiber Collection (CPFC) contains over seven hundred plant fibre examples, one thousand microscope slides and hundred of photographic slides. The resource will be useful for identification of prehistoric fibres, for determining the extent of fibre processing and degradation and also for developing preservation techniques.