Analytical Chemistry and Archaeological Collections: A Case Study on the Continuing Research Value of Previously Excavated Materials.

Author(s): Mark Warner; Ray von Wandruszka

Year: 2017

Summary

In 2008 archaeologists and chemists at the University of Idaho initiated a collaborative program using analytical chemistry to study archaeological materials. Initial work focused on collections from the northwest but it is now nationwide in scope.  The work had provided insight on a variety of questions including the reuse of historical bottles, traditional Chinese medicinal practices as well as the identification of many previously unknown materials.  The work has also proved to be an excellent teaching tool for students.  It is work that is largely derived from archaeological collections that have been sitting on repository shelves (some for over 30 years), again demonstrating the ongoing research and educational value of archaeological collections.

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Analytical Chemistry and Archaeological Collections: A Case Study on the Continuing Research Value of Previously Excavated Materials.. Mark Warner, Ray von Wandruszka. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435201)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 415