This is the publisher's PDF of the book chapter published as Quercia, A., I residui organici nella ceramica. Stato degli studi e prospettive di ricerca. In: D’Andria, F., De Grossi Mazzorin, J., Fiorentino, G. (Eds.), Uomini, piante e animali nella dimensione del sacro. Atti del seminario di studi di Bioarcheologia, Cavallino-Lecce 2002, (Edipuglia©2008), pp.209-216. The book can be found on the publisher's website at http://www.edipuglia.it/volume.php?id=555The organic residues which are sometimes found in pottery vases give a large contribution to the analyses of its functional\ud aspects. They are direct evidence of the use of vases and give information about many aspects of ancient society.\ud Chemical analyses (especially gas chromatography/mass spectrometry) can identify residues even if they are not visible\ud on the surface of the vases. Such analyses are still rarely used in archaeology. However they could be of interest in cult\ud places, where they could contribute to the reconstruction of ritual activities such as ritual meals and “psychoactive” practices
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