Pauline Burger


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Pauline completed a PhD in Organic Geochemistry at the Laboratory of Molecular Biogeochemistry, France in 2008, focused on the characterisation of amorphous natural organic materials. She then undertook a post-doctoral CNRS ANR Fellowship at the Centre for Bio-Archaeology and Ecology, France, in palaeoethnobotany.

She joined the Museum in 2010 as a Marie Curie Intra-European post-doctoral Fellow and is undertaking the chemical investigation of tars and pitches found on objects in the collections of the Museum and from a number of medieval shipwrecks including the fifteenth century clinker-built Newport ship. The scientific techniques she uses include GC/MS and FTIR.

Current projects

AMPT - Ancient Maritime Pitch and Tar: a multi-disciplinary study of sources, technology and preservation
Ancient Maritime Pitch and Tar research project

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Marie Curie Fellow

Recent Publications

P. Burger, A. Charrié-Duhaut, J. Connan and P. Albrecht, 'Taxonomic characterisation of fresh Dipterocarpaceae resins by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS): providing clues for identification of unknown archaeological resins', Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 3(2) (2011), pp.185-200.

P. Burger, A. Charrié-Duhaut, J. Connan, M. Flecker and P. Albrecht, 'The 9th-Century-AD Belitung Wreck, Indonesia: analysis of a resin lump', International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 39(2) (2010), pp. 383-386.

P. Burger, A. Charrié-Duhaut, J. Connan, M. Flecker and P. Albrecht, 'Archaeological resinous samples from Asian wrecks: taxonomic characterization by GC-MS', Analytica Chimica Acta 648(1) (2009), pp. 85-97.