Issue Date: March 7, 2011
Chemistry Unlocks Ancient Secrets
Some ancient civilizations left writings and drawings that archaeologists and anthropologists decipher to uncover clues to long-ago practices—daily activities, traditions, technologies, and travels. But even societies that didn’t leave comprehensive written accounts invariably left details in another form—chemical records—and cutting-edge analytical chemistry methods are getting better at interpreting these molecular clues.
“There’s a lot of information to be had from archaeological chemistry that just cannot be discovered by visually examining artifacts or archaeological sites,” says . . .
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