Domestic activities and pottery use in the Iron Age Corsican settlement of Cuciurpula revealed by organic residue analysi

Abstract : The excavation of the protohistoric site of Cuciurpula (South Corsica, France) revealed a significant amount of potsherds, often bearing visible surface crusts, sometimes very thick. This exceptional case in the Mediterranean region, suggesting a good preservation of organic substances, provided a unique opportunity to address questions related to pottery function and natural organic substances exploited in Corsica during the first half of the 1st millennium BC. The molecular analysis (GC and GC/MS) of organic residues from three houses of the site, preserved in both pottery walls and charred surface crusts, highlighted the wide diversity and the various roles of substances contained and processed in ceramic vessels: animal fats, plant oils and waxes, beeswax, and conifer resin. These molecular data, considered together with the shapes of the vessels and their location into the habitation units, revealed the diversity of pottery function (culinary and technical) and spatial organisation of domestic activities between houses or in a house (distinction between storage and cooking areas)
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Léa Drieu, Kewin Peche-Quilichini, Thibault Lachenal, Martine Regert. Domestic activities and pottery use in the Iron Age Corsican settlement of Cuciurpula revealed by organic residue analysi. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Elsevier, 2018, pp.213-223. ⟨hal-01783792⟩

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