The Identification of Ancient Wine through Organic Residue Analysis of Ceramic Vessels

Ayala Amir

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Abstract

Wine was a primary commodity in antiquity and prevalent in the Southern Levant Mediterranean-basin regions and Mesopotamia. Therefore, its identification in archaeological artifacts by chemical analysis is of great importance. Many studies of wine residues were conducted on pottery from Mediterranean and Near Eastern sites, using a wide range of approaches to extract and detect organic compounds. This article will evaluate and compare these methods and raise consequent considerations for the interpretation of results to arrive at a historic picture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-192
Number of pages14
JournalAtiqot
Volume114
StatePublished - 2024
Externally publishedYes

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© 2024 Israel Antiquities Authority. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • ceramic vessels
  • organic residue analysis
  • Southern Levant
  • tartaric acid
  • wine
  • wine-markers

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