Department of Archaeology
BioArCh, Environment Building
Wentworth Way, York
YO10 5NG, UK
Organic residue analysis is used to study organic materials deposited on archaeological artefacts during their use. A major research strand at BioArCh is lipid residue analysis of pottery, which we have applied to study the use of ceramic vessels from their very early origins in the Palaeolithic through to the post-Medieval period, encompassing projects on six continents from Central Russia to remote Island Oceania. Lipids are routinely analysed by High Temperature-Gas Chromatography (HT-GC), Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and Gas Chromatography-Combustion-Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (GC-C-IRMS) using automated instrumentation within house.
Find out more about some of BioArCh's organic residue analysis research on the Early Pottery Research Group website