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The protein archive: preservation potential of ancient human diets and diseases.

Project description

Protein-mineral interaction in the preservation of the protein archives

DNA and proteins could be retrieved from sediments and archaeological artefacts, with the recent discovery of peptide sequences in eggshell proteins dated to 3.8 Ma, thus persisting beyond the lipid or DNA and enabling identification of organisms and specific tissues. The EU-funded ProArc project aims to study the protein-mineral interaction and environmental preservative conditions of adsorbed biomolecules in archaeological and other fossil samples. The objectives are to quantify the Gibbs free energy and kinetic bond parameters of in vitro protein-mineral interactions, examine the nature, fraction, and stability of interacting bonds of in vitro protein-mineral associations, and develop a conceptual model for the characteristics and longevity of different protein-mineral systems.


Net EU contribution
€ 207 312,00
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

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Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00