The paper discusses the use of micromorphological analyses of thin sections as applied to archaeological and prehistoric sites.
Examples are given from prehistoric caves (Pech-de-1'Azé II in France; Hayonim and Qafzeh in Israel) and the Tell of Lachish (Israel). The main strengths lie in the efficiency to observe composition, fabric and texture, and to distinguish secondary (e.g.
cementation) from primary (depositional) features. Problems occur in interpreting micromorphological observations which in part stems from a lack of experience with the method