Recent Research in Residue Analysis in Old World and New World Contexts

Author(s): Sean Rafferty

Year: 2017


Analysis of organic residues continues to be a productive method of extracting information from prehistoric material culture. This paper presents current results of several ongoing research projects, involving several teams of researchers. Two projects present recent research into the origins of tobacco smoking through the analysis of tobacco pipes, including a sample of pipes associated with the Southeastern Late Archaic Poverty Point culture, and a second sample of pipes associated with Early Woodland cultures in Eastern North America. Shifting gears to the Old World, a third project addresses the use of secondary agricultural products in Neolithic Ukrainian sites. All three projects are multi-institutional endeavors, involving researchers from numerous universities, labs, and nations. In conclusion, we present possible directions for future research.

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Recent Research in Residue Analysis in Old World and New World Contexts. Sean Rafferty. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430423)

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Abstract Id(s): 15180