Palynology: the study of pollen, dust, and the microfossils of which they are composed. Forensic palynology adopts this method to aid criminal investigations.
Palynomorph I One layer of flour dust between two of earth— entry into a mill, which occurred before journey after journey on a wet road. Evidence pooling, present as a stain on a sole, a continuous friction. wearing one against other. ° ° ° Those accumulations specified by neither dirt nor dust. The putrifiable greater portion of elements: digestive and conceivable alterations undertaken all but unnoticed, leaving
no grain, no primitive origin no blood discernable from the snow.
Insect dead on the road, fallen into dust, as we have said, as we have sought to enter into the composition of these bodies.
Palynomorph II Content yourself, be separability from the origin, if not its full dissolution
may there be hairs of hop vines after a forage in a field.
Be the words, evidently sustained before the mallet fell, sightfallen on your collar’s
sanguine and stain-akin diagnosis: carrying the thief to the theft. ° ° ° a head well- covered with hair covered in rust copper filings (among the metallurgical) a beard similar (when occasion offers)
a receptacle if first you dry it by evaporation
a brow furnishing siliceous character, another, saltpeter and carbon.
there are to be found grains of powder incrusted in the eyelids
—the way I prefer to tell you the truth
Palynomorph III You spend your day in the sand pit with a blade sharpened on a half-finger enveloped in glove blood-cement (down through the roof, broken box tobacco) abundance in cells knotted under the ultra-violet. ° ° ° canal debris (carbonaceous dust) discovered a year after you ceased all contact with coal, the common wisdom of imprint preserved and labor left behind, (bituminous) looming and facing the recent fact of this crime Palynomorph IV i. perform with an ear-spoon to extract, twin glass plates to flatten, the cerumen substance is no obstacle to the action of reagents dying to achieve a knowable residue ii. perform with a fine tip to calcine this vital mass over a concentration of limp heat iii. perform with nitric acid (pure fuming) and sodium bicarbonate a scalpel massage evens the salt throughout the mass and deposit: knowing the strength of your water, knowing each bubble detaching itself from the mass carries with it a particle of wax
Palynomorph V terry cloth bearing grease, folded under one invalidating distribution (of bloodspots) recollected only in the vessels: argillaceous wool fibers whether we fix this identity of bodies or affix guilt to the accused. silk filament through an almost failing pigment (infinitesimal, a recording) left to distinguish human from animal bony substance (even in minute) fragments by cavities pointed and gone back into their woods ________________________________
Ben Stillerman is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at NYU. His scientific contributions have been published in Developmental Psychology, PLOS ONE, various conference proceedings, and are forthcoming in The Handbook of Process Tracing Methods.