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Title: Biomolecular and isotopic characterisation of lipid residues absorbed in Impressed Wares from the Early Neolithic village of Skorba, Malta
Authors: Debono Spiteri, Cynthianne
Craig, Oliver
Keywords: Archaeological chemistry
Archaeology -- Methodology
Skorba (Mgarr, Malta) -- Antiquities
Neolithic period -- Malta
Pottery, Ancient -- Malta -- Mgarr
Pottery, Prehistoric -- Malta -- Mgarr
Skorba Temples (Mgarr, Malta)
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: The Archaeological Society
Citation: Debono Spiteri, C. & Craig, O. (2015). Biomolecular and isotopic characterisation of lipid residues absorbed in Impressed Wares from the Early Neolithic village of Skorba, Malta. Malta Archaeological Review, 10, 14-22
Abstract: Organic residue analysis (ORA) was used to characterise the lipid content of Impressed Ware vessels recovered from the Early Neolithic village of Skorba, Malta. ORA utilises both chromatographic and isotopic analytical techniques, and provides direct evidence for the function of ceramic vessels analysed. Lipid residues were interpreted against authentic reference fats of Mediterranean origin, and in light of the archaeological data available. The results showed that lipid yields were generally low, however direct evidence for the processing of an admixture comprising ruminant fat and marine oil was obtained in a vessel dated to the Early Neolithic period. This investigation also tests the feasibility of carrying out ORA on ceramic vessels recovered from Maltese archaeological contexts.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/50325
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MAR, Issue 10 (2010/2011)

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