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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA‑UAB)

Biomolecular archaeology and palaeoecology

The biomolecular archaeology and palaeoecology facilities are fully equipped for the extraction and analysis of proteins and lipids from ancient biological tissues (e.g. bone, dental calculus, leather) and inorganic materials (e.g. ceramic artefacts). We routinely perform lab work for three main research fields: palaeoproteomics (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry, shotgun proteomics), organic (collagen) and inorganic (carbonate) stable isotopes (C, N, O, S, Sr), and lipid residue analysis.

   Arqueologia biomolecular i paleoecologia ICTA-UAB

The dedicated facilities are managed by the research groups TRADITION (ERC-CoG) and IMPACTANT (SGR), and include:

  • Facilities for the handling, cutting and drilling of bone, tooth, shell and ceramic artefacts.
  • Facilities for collagen extraction for peptide mass fingerprinting (ZooMS) and stable isotope analysis (e.g. Centrifuges, Dry bath heating blocks, Ultrasonic bath, Vortex, Telestar LyoQuest freeze dryer).
  • Facilities for lipid extraction from ceramic artefacts (e.g. Dry bath heating blocks, Ultrasonic bath, Vortex, Nitrogen blowdown).
  • Dedicated equipment for full protein extraction (e.g. Laminar flow cabinet, Microcentrifuge, Micropipettes, Magnetic racks, Thermal shaker).


Contact: krista.mcgrath@uab.cat