Reunited at last!
|I will sort them into subject areas at some point|
The chemistry books are largely inorganic. I used a combination of inorganic and organic geochemical methods during my PhD, but as the research I was doing at York was entirely organic chemistry, I haven't really needed any of these for a while. But hopefully now that I am able to spend more time on near eastern inorganic materials, these will come in handy again.
The infra-red reference manual by Farmer was one of my most used books during my PhD, though since then an excellent online reference collection has been made available by the Kimmel Centre for Archaeological Science here. Fourier Transform Infra-red spectroscopic analysis (FT-IR) can be used for analysing organic and inorganic materials, but in archaeology is largely applied to inorganic materials such as ashes and plasters. FT-IR tells you the types of bonds present, and can also give a 'fingerprint' for the whole compound. However, as the same types of bonds can be present in multiple molecules, we have to be very careful to interpret these correctly. This is especially true in archaeological samples, which are often a mix of multiple different materials, making interpretation even more difficult. For organic materials, GC-MS has the advantage that it seperates out all the different components, making identification easier.