Biomaterials and archaeology

Biomolecular archaeology encompasses the study of organic compounds found in living organisms that might be preserved in the archaeological record, including DNA analysis and the analysis of lipids, carbohydrates and proteins found in a range of archaeological material (i.e. mummified remains, soils, bones, organic residues, amorphous deposits) as well as the study of bones, seeds and other botanical remains. Such studies provide insights into paleoenvironmental conditions, paleopathology and dietary habits.

Biomaterials and archaeology session aims at bringing together papers dealing with the study of the whole spectrum of biological remains, on issues of  diet and subsistence, migration of human population, domestication of plant and animal resources, diagenesis and preservation; also to present technological advances and the use of new technologies for the study of ancient biomolecules.