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Laboratory experimentation

Laboratory experiments will be carried out with subsamples of the replica vessels to develop a method to recover lipids and microbotanical remains from a single sample and in a single procedure. At present, these proxies are seldom analysed as part of the same study, and when analysed they come from different vessels, thus impeding an effective integration of the results. The experiments will aim at designing a procedure in which all proxies can be independently extracted from a single vessel and, ideally, from a single original sample. The experiments will be specifically directed towards recovering microbotanical remains from the powder resulting from the pottery drilling method used to extract lipids, which is collected from the innermost part of the potsherd to avoid contamination from modern sources. 

 

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The microbotanical remains recovered using traditional methods (sampling of food crust/attached sediment) will be compared with the remains recovered using the experimentally developed method (pottery powder), thus independently assessing the validity of the new method against two standard procedures.

 

 

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