Other Organic Residues

  • Mary E. Malainey
Part of the Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Technique book series (MATT)


Approaches used to analyze the wide variety of archaeological organic residues that do not directly relate to foods are presented in this chapter. The presence and/or distribution of organic compounds that occur in perfumes and cosmetics, beeswax, resins, tar, and pitches and other materials can be used to identify them. These identifications can reveal the former contents of a vessel, the function of an artifact, and how natural materials were processed. Lipids and proteins preserved in soil can also provide information about past human activities and human health. Further information about the approaches used to analyze these residues appears in Chapters 14 and 15.


Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Thirteenth Century Lithocholic Acid Dehydroabietic Acid Ethyl Chloroformate 
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  • Mary E. Malainey
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyBrandon UniversityBrandonCanada

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