Milking the Residues: Molecular and Isotopic Signatures from Human Prehistory
Start: Mar 03, 2014 04:00 PM
Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology
Richard Evershed (School of Chemistry, University of Bristol) will give the seventh seminar in the Term II Institute Research Seminar series on Isotopes in Archaeology on 3 March.
The value of archaeological pottery has been substantially expanded in the last two decades or so with the realisation that unglazed porous ceramic fabric provides an exceptional repository of biomolecular and stable isotope information. The major chemical components absorbed and preserved are lipids, raising numerous possibilities for reconstructing past food acquisition and dietary habits, ritual practices and technological activities. At Old World sites degraded animal fats are by far the most common class of organic residue encountered. Intensive investigation of these residues are providing a range of critical new insights into the ways early farmers managed their stock and how prehistoric people were able to consume milk products despite being lactose intolerant.
The seminar will take place at 4pm in Room 612 at the Institute and will be followed by a reception in the Staff Common Room (Room 609).
Any enquiries about the seminar series may be directed to Ian Freestone.
Institute Research Seminar Programme | Isotopes in Archaeology
- 13 January: Tracing Visitors to our Shores (Jane Evans, NERC Isotope Facility)
- 20 January: Stable Isotopes, Climate Change and Early Hominin Palaeoecology (Philip Hopley, Birkbeck)
- 27 January: House and home at Çatalhöyük: Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope evidence from people and their animals (Jessica Pearson, University of Liverpool)
- 3 February: The origin and spread of glass making: the isotopic evidence (Patrick Degryse, University of Leuven)
- 10 February: Plant stable isotope analysis: new insights into farming practice and diet (Amy Bogaard, University of Oxford)
- 24 February: Isotope Archaeometallurgy (Ernst Pernicka, Curt-Englehorn Centre for Archaeometry, Mannheim & University of Heidelberg)
- 3 March: Milking the Residues: Molecular and Isotopic Signatures from Human Prehistory (Richard Evershed, University of Bristol)
- 10 March: Hunter-gatherer cuisine: recent advances in chemical and isotopic analysis of early pottery (Oliver Craig, University of York)
- 17 March: Stable light isotopes offer new perspectives on early hominin dietary ecology (Julia Lee-Thorp, University of Oxford)
- 24 March: Loaves or fishes? Reconstructing individual 5000-year-old dietary histories for the children of Shetland's first farmers (Janet Montgomery, University of Durham)