Sunday, 11 January 2009

Fishing for fish fragments

Matthew and colleagues in Archaeology and Chemistry have been funded by the AHRC to see if they can identify tiny fragments of fish from archaeological sites. 
Many fish remains survive on as fragments, so small that they lack the characteristic morphology required to identify them to species.  Zoo-MS offers an alternative approach to the problem.  Zoo is for Zooarchaeology, or more accurately the part of Zooarchaeology that deals with species identification. MS stands for Mass Spectrometry.  Using peptide fingerprints they hope to identify fish from medieval sites and track the arrival of carp into Britain.  
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Image is of the John Deere - Electronic Fishing Pole

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