Chapter 10a Organic Residue Analysis

In: Excavations at Tel Kabri
Author: Andrew J. Koh

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Organic residue analysis (ORA) has been recognized as a valuable contributor to archaeological field research with the site of Tel Kabri known as one of its earliest adopters, going back to its first major expedition in the 1980s. While great advances have been made in the intervening years, ORA still finds itself an irregular fixture in field research as a whole. Presented here are the early steps taken during the renewed expedition to produce not only ORA results but also to help incorporate ORA more effectively and comprehensively into standard archaeological research design and practice. While definitive results and details of the ancient viticulture activities that have become a fixture of understanding the palatial economy at the site will be presented in Kabri III, the general findings over the years nevertheless provide useful contextual background and highlight the invaluable methodological insights and overall significance of the initial ORA results provided by the 2005–2011 seasons presented here. They hint at the aggregate advantage of conducting ORA studies over numerous consecutive seasons at a well-organized, scientifically investigated site while a part of a larger ORA ecosystem, such as the OpenARCHEM archaeometric database.

Excavations at Tel Kabri

The 2005–2011 Seasons