Analysis of Residue in Historical Medicine Bottles

Published 2019

DOI: 10.1163/1874-6772_seg_a60_1962


Contents of two historical bottles recovered during the repair of the historic Fremont Street retaining wall in Deadwood, SD became an analysis project for two students, conducted in collaboration with the Historical District of Deadwood and the Anthropology Department at Augustana University. One bottle, labeled Harper's Headache Medicine, contained several spots of dark, dried material. The other bottle, labeled Kirk G. Phillips Druggist Deadwood So. Dak., was about half full of a colorless liquid and a white solid. Raman, 1H NMR...


Baseline correction and advanced ATR correction were applied to the ATR spectra. An Agiltron PeakSeeker Raman Spectrometer was used to analyze the liquid from the Phillips bottle...