Multidisciplinary approach to understanding preservation and decomposition at Vindolanda Roman Fort, UK

Gillian Taylor, Hrafnhildur Halldórsdóttir, Rhys Williams, Caroline Orr, Andrew Birley

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Abstract

Introduction
Vindolanda, situated in Northumberland, UK, is part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage site and has remarkable preservation of artefacts of international significance including leather, writing tablets, human and animal bones and textiles. The occupational and fill layers which are excavated every year display a range of conditions, of which often include an anaerobic layer, which limits oxygen and results in improved preservation of artefacts. Furthermore, Vivianite (Fe 3(PO 4)2·8H 2O) is often observed under these conditions. Soil samples were analysed for inorganic elements, organic – fatty acids and microbial species to enable a fully comprehensive classification.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2019
EventAmerican Society for Mass Spectrometry: 67th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics - Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, United States
Duration: 2 Jun 20196 Jun 2019
Conference number: 67

Conference

ConferenceAmerican Society for Mass Spectrometry
Abbreviated titleASMS
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period2/06/196/06/19

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Taylor, G., Halldórsdóttir, H., Williams, R., Orr, C., & Birley, A. (2019). Multidisciplinary approach to understanding preservation and decomposition at Vindolanda Roman Fort, UK. Poster session presented at American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Atlanta, United States.
Taylor, Gillian ; Halldórsdóttir, Hrafnhildur ; Williams, Rhys ; Orr, Caroline ; Birley, Andrew. / Multidisciplinary approach to understanding preservation and decomposition at Vindolanda Roman Fort, UK. Poster session presented at American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Atlanta, United States.
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Taylor, G, Halldórsdóttir, H, Williams, R, Orr, C & Birley, A 2019, 'Multidisciplinary approach to understanding preservation and decomposition at Vindolanda Roman Fort, UK', American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Atlanta, United States, 2/06/19 - 6/06/19.

Multidisciplinary approach to understanding preservation and decomposition at Vindolanda Roman Fort, UK. / Taylor, Gillian; Halldórsdóttir, Hrafnhildur; Williams, Rhys; Orr, Caroline; Birley, Andrew.

2019. Poster session presented at American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Atlanta, United States.

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