Prehistoric Blood Residues: Detection on Tool Surfaces and Identification of Species of Origin

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Science  17 Jun 1983:
Vol. 220, Issue 4603, pp. 1269-1271
DOI: 10.1126/science.220.4603.1269


Blood residues from several animal species have been discovered on the surfaces of chert, basalt, and obsidian prehistoric tools (1000 to 6000 years old) from open-air sites along the western coast and in the northern boreal forest of Canada. A screening test has been developed to detect residual blood. Hemoglobin has been crystallized from the residues, and the species of origin determined.