Chemical dating in archaeology

With the application of analytical chemistry, these can then be related back to previous vessel use, ancient diet, trade and economy. E., Jones, J., Sheridan, A., Smyth, J., Whelton, H., Mulville, J., Sharples, N.

Although this interdisciplinary research began more than 25 years ago, the archaeological audience is slowly getting familiar with its scope and potential, despite the fact that, according to the recently published Analytical Chemistry in Archaeology (Pollard et al.

The basic analytical approach, adopted by the Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU), relies upon the identification of preserved molecules (biomarkers); matching their distribution to the compounds present in organisms that were most likely to have been exploited in the past.

The OGU’s involvement in archaeology is multi-layered and covers a broad spectrum of artefacts and materials submitted for analysis.

2007), approximately 99.9 % of the human past is out of history’s reach. Using organic residue analysis to understand early farming practice.

Due to the nature of archaeological excavation, which is always a destructive process, the need for complementary research is therefore essential in order to extract the most information, which can in turn enhance archaeological interpretations.


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