Lamb, J. and Loy, T. (2005). Seeing red: the use of Congo Red dye to identify cooked and damaged starch grains in archaeological residues. J Archaeol Sci 32 (10). Vol 32(10), pp. 1433-1440.

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Seeing red: the use of Congo Red dye to identify cooked and damaged starch grains in archaeological residues
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J Archaeol Sci 32 (10)
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Journal of Archaeological Science
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32 (10)
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1433 - 1440
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The authors argue that, whilst starchy plant foods are significant in the diet of almost all peoples, archaeological preservation of such plants is limited, and direct evidence of plant use by past people is also rare. Although starch grains can be preserved on artefacts used to process starchy plants, it is very difficult to identify grains damaged by processing methods such as milling or cooking. They present a method for identifying such damaged starch grains using Congo Red staining to identify cooking or milling activities in the past subsistence behaviour of Aboriginal people of southeast Queensland, Australia.
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Jenny Lamb
Tom Loy
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2005
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Queensland Australia (Auto Detected Subject))
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URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03054403
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03 Mar 2006