Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:

login

Log in through your institution.

Journal Article

Volatile Compounds in Archaeological Plant Remains and the Maillard Reaction During Decay of Organic Matter

Richard P. Evershed, Helen A. Bland, Pim F. van Bergen, James F. Carter, Mark C. Horton and Peter A. Rowley-Conwy
Science
New Series, Vol. 278, No. 5337 (Oct. 17, 1997), pp. 432-433
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2894913
Page Count: 2
Were these topics helpful?
See something inaccurate? Let us know!

Select the topics that are inaccurate.

Cancel
  • More info
  • Add to My Lists
  • Cite this Item
Preview not available
Preview not available

Abstract

Archaeological plant remains from excavations at Qasr Ibrim, Egypt, preserve volatile decay products trapped within internal networks of structural and storage macromolecules. These volatile components can be linked to specific degradative reactions occurring during the long-term burial of organic matter. Abundant alkyl pyrazines are characteristic by-products of the Maillard (or browning) reaction of proteins and carbohydrates and provide evidence for the reaction occurring in buried organic matter.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
432
    432
  • Thumbnail: Page 
433
    433
Part of Sustainability