Organic Contents of Ancient Vessels

The Organic Contents of Ancient Vessels:
Materials Analysis and Archaeological Investigation

William R. Biers and Patrick E. McGovern, Eds. (MASCA Research Papers in Science and Archaeology, vol. 7.  Philadelphia: MASCA, University of Pennsylvania Museum, University of Pennsylvania, 1990)
The papers in this volume clearly demonstrate the importance of investigating organic residues to elucidate crucial aspects of ancient life such as agriculture, trade, ritual practice. Much of the information presented here could only have been derived using scientific techniques of analysis.