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Papers & Journal Articles

April 3, 2024

Nature Communications: Archaeological and molecular evidence for ancient chickens in Central Asia

Abstract Journal link: The origins and dispersal of the chicken across the ancient world remains one of the most enigmatic questions regarding Eurasian domesticated animals. The lack of agreement…
October 11, 2023

Nature Human Behaviour: How to use modern science to reconstruct ancient scents

Link to full article: Abstract Olfaction has profoundly shaped human experience and behaviour from the deep past through to the present day. Advanced biomolecular and ‘omics’ sciences enable more…
August 31, 2023

Scientific Reports: Biomolecular characterization of 3500-year-old ancient Egyptian mummification balms from the Valley of the Kings

Abstract Journal link: Ancient Egyptian mummification was practiced for nearly 4000 years as a key feature of some of the most complex mortuary practices documented in the archaeological record.…
August 31, 2023

The Conversation: What would an ancient Egyptian corpse have smelled like? Pine, balsam and bitumen – if you were nobility

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March 30, 2023

Agronomy: The Domestication and Dispersal of Large-Fruiting Prunus spp.: A Metadata Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material

Journal: Abstract The Prunus genus contains many of the most economically significant arboreal crops, cultivated globally, today. Despite the economic significance of these domesticated species, the pre-cultivation ranges, processes…
May 23, 2022

Molecules: Chemical Modification of Biomarkers through Accelerated Degradation

Journal: Abstract Biochemical and biomolecular archaeology is increasingly used to elucidate the consumption, use, origin, and trade of plants in the past. However, it can be challenging to use…
October 11, 2020

Proceedings of the 11th ICAANE: Radical Restructuring in an Early Village: Rahmatabad (Fars Province, Iran) in the Fifth Millennium BCE

Huber, B., Bernbeck, R., Fazeli-Nashli, H. (2020). Radical Restructuring in an Early Village: Rahmatabad (Fars Province, Iran) in the Fifth Millennium BCE. In Otto, A., Herles, M., and Kaniuth, K.…
March 19, 2020

PAM: Incense burners at the Oasis of Tayma, northwest Arabia: an olfactory perspective

Link to full article: Abstract Dried resins such as frankincense or myrrh were important commodities in ancient societies due to their pleasant scent when burned. Burning aromatic fragrant smoke,…
December 11, 2018

Interdisziplinäre Untersuchungen von Räuchergefäßen zur Rekonstruktion antiker Gerüche

Link to full article: Abstract Throughout the excavations at the oasis of Tayma, incense burners were discovered showing both traces of burning and residues of burnt aromatics. The multidisciplinary…

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