Bio-archaeology, how to sample and store organic matter

Article published on 26 September 2020 | Catégorie(s) : Research news

These last years, bio-archeology, in other words the archeology of perishable materials, has been experiencing a real boom.

This new field of investigation, however, raises many questions that must be integrated into the operating chains, preferably as soon as the excavation is under way. A reflection on the establishment of common protocols was undertaken within an Alsatian working group made up of a multidisciplinary team of researchers (rescue archeology, University, CNRS, expertise and conservation) in collaboration with the SRA (Regional Service of Archeology). It was completed during a participatory day entitled “From sampling to storage of organic matter” organized by the CAI-RN network of the CNRS (Interdisciplinary Archeometric Skills – National Network).

As part of this reflection, A. Charrié-Duhaut, F. Médard and A. Mazuy finalized a brochure to raise awareness about the collection, storage and study of organic macro / micro-residues intended for archaeologists, curators and restorers and archaeological service but of interest to all those who have to manage samples containing organic matter. This very synthetic and educational document is intended to be used on site and in no way replaces the advice of an expert.

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