Meeting at the Department of Studi Umanistici of the University of Ferrara with Tom Higham and Marco Peresani

The group met to select materials belonging to the Uluzzian levels of the Broion shelter (VI). New analyses, will be performed to date the late musterian levels. Also, ZooArchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS) analyses will be carried out.

Since high proportion of fragmentary specimens often dominates archaeological bone assemblages, making it difficult to identify them by means of morphological analyses. ZooArchaeology by Mass Spectormetry (ZooMS) uses the persistence and slow evolution of collagen, that survives for thousands – and in some cases millions – of years, to yield taxonomic identifications of archaeological bones, ivory, antler, and skin as a “molecular barcode” to read the identity of these materials.

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