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In Their Cups?: Background lipids in shell as a basis for analyzing shell cup residues

Author(s): Eleanora Reber ; Raghda el-Behaedi

Year: 2016

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Lipids in a variety of large shells were extracted using both destructive and non-destructive techniques and analyzed with GC/MS. In pottery residue analysis, lipids found in extracted residues can be assumed to derive from human usage because natural geolipids are removed from the clay during firing. Shell cups do not undergo firing at temperatures high enough to result in lipid removal. As a result, it is important to understand the natural lipids present in large shells before attempting organic residue analysis of shell cups. This analysis will hopefully permit a better understanding of the possibilities for residue extraction from shell cups in archaeological context, which would open up a new artifact class to organic residue analysis.

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In Their Cups?: Background lipids in shell as a basis for analyzing shell cup residues. Eleanora Reber, Raghda el-Behaedi. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404946)


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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America