Beeswax preserved in a Late Chalcolithic bevelled-rim bowl from the tehran plain, Iran

Mayyas, A, Stern, B, Gillmore, G, Coningham, R and Nashli, H.F (2012) 'Beeswax preserved in a Late Chalcolithic bevelled-rim bowl from the tehran plain, Iran.' Iran - Journal Of The British Institute Of Persian Studies, 50 (1). pp. 13-25. ISSN 0578-6967

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/05786967.2012.11834710

Abstract

This paper presents the observation of lipid residue, identified as beeswax, preserved in the ceramic matrix of a Late Chalcolithic (c. 3700–3000 BC) bevelled-rim bowl (BRB) from the site of Tepe Sofalin on the Tehran Plain. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was used to separate and identify the lipid constituents preserved in the matrix of a BRB sherd. Lipid biomarkers were recovered including long-chain n-alkanes, n-alkenes, palmitic wax monoesters, fatty acids and n-alcohols characteristic of beeswax. In addition to two disaccharides, cholesterol and β-sitosterol as contaminants were retrieved by solvent soluble extraction from a number of different locations from the ceramic matrix of the analysed sherd.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Residue analysis, GC-MS, ceramics, beeswax, bevelled-rim bowl, Tepe Chougali, Iran
Divisions: School of Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/05786967.2012.11834710
Date Deposited: 28 May 2021 20:10
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:56
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