Open Lecture: Organic Residue Analysis - Dr Ben Stern (University of Bradford)

3 April 2019 13:45-15:00, Wrexham, United Kingdom

Open Lecture - all welcome.
This session will provide an overview of organic residue analysis as applied to archaeological materials. There will be an introduction to some of the essential requirements: That organic molecules survive, what class and why? That we can relate surviving molecules, or their degradation products, to natural materials. However, the ‘lifecycle of the artefact’ is remarkably complex and creates a number of problems which will be discussed in an overview of methodologies and introduction to biomarkers. The overview will be followed by three case studies which highlight successful applications and ‘cautionary tales’ in organic residue research and discusses some of the issues raised. These are 1) Fats, Oils and their Products, 2) The (Chemical) evidence for Wine, and 3) Two contrasting samples – a multi instrument approach (the closer we look the more complex it becomes !). Considerations of future applications and questions.

The talk commence at 2 p.m., refreshments will be available from 1:45 p.m.

Queries: Any queries regarding this event should be directed to the organiser ( see below)

Registration Details: Please register for this event by emailing the organiser, Dr. Ian Ratcliffe (
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
This event is supported by the North Wales Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Wrexham Glyndwr University

TBC, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Plas Coch Campus, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL112AW, United Kingdom

Organised by
Dr. Ian Ratcliffe, Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, Wrexham Glyndwr University

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