Damage assessment of archaelogical keratin fibres

Franz Wortmann, B Kueppers (Editor)

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    The objective of the current study is a damage assessment of archaeological keratin fibres using non-destructive and destructive analytical techniques with the focus on the stability of the fibres derived from different conditions of preservation. To provide rapid information at the molecular level FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy), as a non-destructive technique can be used. ATR-FTIR (Attenuated Total Reflectance FTIR) was applied for the identification of the chemical nature of keratin fibres as well as a method for damage analysis. The main focus of the analysis was on the oxidation of cystine. As a destructive method HPDSC (High Pressure Differential Scanning Calorimetry) was used to show the state of preservation of the intermediate filaments as a measure of the fibre degradation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011
    Event17th International Hair-Science Symposium - HairS'11 - Kloster Irsee, GER
    Duration: 6 Sept 20118 Sept 2011


    Conference17th International Hair-Science Symposium - HairS'11
    CityKloster Irsee, GER


    • keratin fibers, human hair, mummy hair, analysis, ftir, dsc, hair morphology


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