CHAPTER 13: Organic Residues from Archaeological Findings
Published:04 Jan 2021
This chapter examines the analytical methods, procedures and instrumentation used in the study and characterization of organic residues from archaeological findings. Well-consolidated analytical procedures based on chromatography and mass spectrometry are reviewed and recently introduced approaches are discussed. The information provided by chemical studies regarding the diet, subsistence practices, daily activities, ritual practices and technologies of past civilizations and the reconstruction of possible trade routes is analysed through several case studies.