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Re: starch grains

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"Welmoed A. Out" <[log in to unmask]>

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From: Geeske Langejans <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 1:48 PM
Subject: starch grains
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Dear Ursula,
 Welmoed Out from Leiden University forwarded your inquiry to me. I  suggest
you start with:

 R. Torrence and H. Barton, editors. 2006. Ancient Starch Research.
 Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek.
 This is a great up to date book on starch research. It includes  protocols,
information on reference collection etc.

 Additionally I included references to starch studies, which you may find
useful:

 Haslam, M. 2004. The decomposition of starch grains in soils:
 implications for archaeological residue analyses. Journal of
Archaeological Science 31:1715-1734.
 Horrocks, M., M. Campbell, and W. Gumbley. 2007. A short note on  starch
and xylem of Ipomoea batatas (sweet potato) in archaeological  deposits from
northern New Zealand. Journal of Archaeological Science  34:1441-1448.
 Horrocks, M., G. Irwin, M. Jones, and D. Sutton. 2004. Starch grains  and
xylem cells of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) and bracken  (Pteridium
esculentum) in archaeological deposits from northern New  Zealand. Journal
of Archaological Science 31:251-258.
 Horrocks, M. and I. Lawlor. 2006. Plant microfossil analysis of soils  from
Polynesian stonefields in South Auckland, New Zealand. Journal of
Archaeological Science 33:200-217.
 Lamb, J. and T. Loy. 2005. Seeing red: the use of Congo Red dye to
identify cooked and damaged starch grains in the archaeological  residues.
Journals of Archaeological Science 32:1433-1440.
 Langejans, G.H.J. 2006. Starch grain analysis on Late Iron Age  grindstones
from South Africa. Southern African Humanities Vol. 18
 (2): 71-91.
 Lentfer, C., M. Therin, and R. Torrence. 2002. Starch grains and
environmental reconstruction: a modern test case from West New  Brittain,
Papua New Guinea. Journal of Archaological Science  29:687-698.
 Loy, T., M. Spriggs, and S. Wickler. 1992. Direct evidence for human  use
of plants 28,000 years ago: starch residues on stone artefacts  from the
northern Solomon Islands. Antiquity 66:898-912.
 Parr, J. F. 2003. The Identi?cation of Xanthorrhoea Resins by Starch
 Morphology: Prospects for Archaeological and Taxonomic Applications.
 Economic Botany 56:260-270.
 Parr, J. F. and M. Carter. 2003. Phytolith and starch analysis of  sediment
samples from two archaeological sites on Dauar Island, Torres  Strait,
northeastern Australia. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany  12:131-141.
 Piperno, D. R. Identifying crop plants with phytoliths (and starch
 grains) in Central and South America: A review and an update of the
evidence. Quaternary International In Press, Accepted Manuscript.
 Piperno, D. R. and I. Holst. 1998. The presence of starch grains on
prehistoric stone tools from the humid neotropics: indications of  early
tuper use and agriculture in Panama. Journal of Archaeological  Science
25:765-776.
 Piperno, D. R., A. J. Ranere, I. Holst, and P. Hansell. 2000. Starch
grains reveal early root crop horticulture in the Panamanian tropical
forest. Nature 407:894-897.
 Piperno, D. R., E. Weiss, I. Holst, and D. Nadel. 2004. Processing of  wild
cereal grains in the Upper Palaeolithic revealed by starch grain  analysis.
Nature 430:670-673.
 Reber, E. A. and R. P. Evershed. 2004. Identification of maize in  absorbed
organic residues: a cautionary tale. Journal of  Archaeological Science
31:399-410.
 Reichert, E. T. 1913. The differentiation and specificity of starches  in
relation to genera, species, etc. Carnigie Institution of  Washington,
Washington DC.
 Therin, M., R. Fulagar, and R. Torrence. 1999. Starch in sediments: a  new
approach to the study of subsistence and land use in Papua New  Guinea.
Pages 438-464 in C. Godsen and J. Hather, editors. The  prehistory of
change. Appetites for change. Routledge, London.
 Torrence, R., R. Wright, and R. Conway. 2004. Identification of starch
granules using image analysis and multivariate techniques. Journal of
Archaological Science 31:519-532.
 Willcox, G. 2004. Measuring grain size and identifying Near Eastern  cereal
domestication: evidence from the Euphrates valley. Journal of  Archaological
Science 31:145-150.

 Cheers,
 Geeske Langejans



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-----Original Message-----
From: The archaeobotany mailing list [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
On Behalf Of Ursula Thanheiser
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2008 12:13 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: starch grains

Dear colleagues,
I know that the extraction and analysis of starch grains has become a
standard procedure on American sites. Can anybody help me with a reference
of a standard textbook?
Greetings, Ursula

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