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Molecular Archaeology
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Definition: Molecular archaeology is, basically, the study of ancient molecules. Archaeological studies which include the study of ancient molecues include DNA recovered from human skeletal remains and the mummified bodies of humans; the identification of organic residues recovered from archaeological sites and objects; and tracing the progress of domestication of plants and animals through genetic research.

Also Known As: archaeological chemistry

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