Characterisation of microbial attack on archaeological bone.

M.M.E. Jans, M.J. Collins, H. Kars, C.M. Nielsen-Marsh, C.I. Smith

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Abstract

As part of an EU funded project to investigate the factors influencing bone preservation in the archaeological record, more than 250 bones from 41 archaeological sites in five countries spanning four climatic regions were studied for diagenetic alteration. Sites were selected to cover a range of environmental conditions and archaeological contexts. Microscopic and physical (mercury intrusion porosimetry) analyses of these bones revealed that the majority (68%) had suffered microbial attack. Furthermore, significant differences were found between animal and human bone in both the state of preservation and the type of microbial attack present. These differences in preservation might result from differences in early taphonomy of the bones. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-95
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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Archaeological Bone
Microbial Attack
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Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry
Human Bone
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Archaeological Sites
Physical
Taphonomy
Bone Preservation
Archaeological Context
State of Preservation
Animal Bones

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Jans, M.M.E. ; Collins, M.J. ; Kars, H. ; Nielsen-Marsh, C.M. ; Smith, C.I. / Characterisation of microbial attack on archaeological bone. In: Journal of Archaeological Science. 2004 ; Vol. 31, No. 1. pp. 87-95.
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Characterisation of microbial attack on archaeological bone. / Jans, M.M.E.; Collins, M.J.; Kars, H.; Nielsen-Marsh, C.M.; Smith, C.I.

In: Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2004, p. 87-95.

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