Lifeways

Blood Residue Analysis

In many parts of western Canada, soil conditions and the passage of time destroy most of the organic materials left behind by ancient peoples. Wood, leather, fiber, and animal bones may all disappear and leave behind only durable stone artifacts. However some microscopic organic residues can remain attached to stone tools, even under the most adverse conditions. By examining these residues much can be learned about ancient economies. Residue analysis, for both blood and plant starches can be used to determine what animals may have been hunted and what plants may have been gathered by early peoples.

As a research tool, Lifeways regularly carries out residue analyses. For this purpose we use only creditable laboratories offering competitive rates and the best comparative libraries. Because Lifeways is a large organization, we are frequently available to receive volume discounts on sample processing, a saving that is passed on to our clients.

 

Did you know that...

That protein residue analysis is frequently used by Lifeways to determine how stone tools were used? This is important in areas where soils are so acidic that animal and plant remains are rarely recovered.