The biomolecular characterisation of a finger ring contextually dated to the emergence of the Early Neolithic from Syltholm, Denmark

Theis Jensen, Meaghan Mackie, Alberto Taurozzi, Liam Lannigan, Carsten Gundelach, Jesper Olsen, Søren Sørensen, Matthew Collins, Mikkel Sørensen & Hannes Schroeder
We present the analysis of an osseous finger ring from a predominantly early Neolithic context in Denmark. To characterise the artefact and identify the raw material used for its manufacture, we performed micro-computed tomography (Micro CT) scanning, zooarchaeology by mass spectrometry (ZooMS) peptide mass fingerprinting, as well as protein sequencing by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). We conclude that the ring was made from long bone or antler due to the presence of osteons...
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