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Identification of embalming material of bird mummies through molecular and compound-specific δ13C analyses / Alex Malergue

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Identification of embalming material of bird mummies through molecular and compound-specific δ13C analyses / Alex Malergue, in colloque "1st Virtual Conference for Women Archaeologists and Paleontologists. Nouveaux apports à l’étude des populations et environnements passés" organisé par le laboratoire Travaux et Recherches Archéologiques sur les Cultures, les Espaces et les Sociétés (TRACES) de l’Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès et le laboratoire Paléontologie Évolution Paléoécosystèmes (PALEVOPRIM) de l'Université de Poitiers, sous la responsabilité scientifique de Julie Bachellerie, Ana Belén Galán López (Traces), Émilie Berlioz et Margot Louail (Palevoprim). Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 8-9 mars 2021. [Conférence enregistrée à distance].Session 3 : Exploitation of natural resources and raw materials, subsistence strategies.

The molecular and isotopic analysis of organic residues is used more and more frequently in archaeological studies, to provide an insight into the chemical composition and potential origin of organic materials used by ancient civilizations. In Ancient Egypt, some humans and animals were mummified following a precise process, some parts of which are still unknown. There are a lot of questions concerning the balms used for mummification: which materials were used to produce this balm? Was the same ‘recipe’ used in all Egypt? My Master thesis aims at analysing and comparing the molecular and isotopic compositions of the balm of twenty different bird mummies (Ibis and birds of prey) from known locations, to determine if it is possible to differentiate their method of production and/or potential origin(s) based on their chemical composition. I will present the basic principles and goals of my study, the methods used, preliminary results and perspectives.

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Nathalie MICHAUD (Réalisation), Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès-campus Mirail (Production), SCPAM / Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès-campus Mirail (Publication)
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UT2J. (2021, 8 mars). Identification of embalming material of bird mummies through molecular and compound-specific δ13C analyses / Alex Malergue. [Vidéo]. Canal-U. https://www.canal-u.tv/106899. (Consultée le 26 mai 2022)
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