Molecular and Structural Archaeology: Cosmetic and Therapeutic Chemicals

  • Georges Tsoucaris
  • Janusz Lipkowski

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NAII, volume 117)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N3-xi
  2. PH. Walter
    Pages 1-9
  3. Marshall Joseph Becker
    Pages 11-27
  4. S. Galli, G. Barone, V. Crupi, D. Majolino, P. Migliardo, R. Ponterio
    Pages 85-106
  5. P. Martinetto, M. Anne, E. Dooryhée, O. Isnard, P. Walter
    Pages 107-111
  6. P. Martinetto, M. Anne, E. Dooryhée, P. Walter, G. Tsoucaris
    Pages 113-118
  7. C. Turta, Svetlana A. Bobcova, V. Mereacre
    Pages 119-122
  8. G. Tsoucaris, L. Bertrand, Ph. Walter
    Pages 131-152
  9. M. JáRó
    Pages 163-178
  10. K. H. Janssens, K. Proost, I. de Raedt, E. Bulska, B. Wagner, M. Schreiner
    Pages 193-200
  11. T. Ungár, P. Martinetto, G. Ribárik, E. Dooryhée, Ph. Walter, M. Anne
    Pages 211-220
  12. E. Pantos, N. Salvadó, T. Pradell, J. Molera, M. Vendrell, A. D. Smith et al.
    Pages 221-229
  13. Juris Purans, Simone Benazeth, Charles Souleau
    Pages 231-234
  14. Janusz Lipkowski, Monika Asztemborska
    Pages 241-247
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 269-269

About these proceedings


Recent progress in the analysis and structural characterisation of materials has an increasing impact on studies of archaeological specimens. A need to embody such research into a new interdisciplinary field has appeared. In this ARW we intended to bring together archaeologists and historians with physicists, chemists, crystallographers and pharmacists, around the theme of structural information on complex archaeological materials. Within this vast area, the ARW has mainly focused on cosmetic-therapeutic chemicals. The objectives of this NATO ARW were twofold: - Delineating the contour of molecular and structural archaeology as an emerging interdisciplinary field based on structural analysis at the molecular level. - Examining novel methodologies to reconstruct the scenario of synthesis and transformation in the long term of compounds used in antiquity for health and beauty. The strong interdisciplinarity of this meeting has been greatly favoured by the NATO ARW organisation allowing the mixing of different fields and disciplines with convergent general goals. This Workshop has shown that the molecular and structural sensibility is a powerful tool towards the setting, and often the solution, of difficult archaeological and historical problems. Ten different nationalities (Europe, Egypt, USA) were represented in the ARW, and this mixing has contributed to the large range of subjects and archaeological contexts. Thus, a mutual interaction between Archaeology and Physical Sciences is expected. The most obvious part is associated with extended use of any possible technique and method to get as much information about the archaeological samples as possible.


Chemical synthesis Neutron Tod chirality non-destructive analysis spectroscopic technique spectroscopy structural analysis structural archaeology supramolecular chemistry therapeutic chemicals transformation of materials

Editors and affiliations

  • Georges Tsoucaris
    • 1
  • Janusz Lipkowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, C.N.R.S.ParisFrance
  2. 2.Institute of Physical ChemistryPolish Academy of ScienceWarsawPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1499-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0193-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2609
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