Assessing the potential for dietary reconstruction from skeletal and isotopic data

Zakrzewski, Sonia R. (2008) Assessing the potential for dietary reconstruction from skeletal and isotopic data. In, Midant-Reynes, B., Tristant, Y., Rowland, J. and Hendrickx, S. (eds.) Egypt at its Origins 2. Leuven, BE, Peeters, 369-382. (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 172).


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The results presented here indicate that although the actual nutritional components of the Egyptian diet remained constant over the Predynastic and Early Dynastic periods, the methods by which they were processed and consumed differed. Furthermore these results have demonstrated the importance of maintaining an integrated approach to dietary analysis. By comparing the skeletal, dental and isotopic results, it is clear that the changes in Egyptian diet occurred as a result of processing differences. This means that future dietary research must link the archaeological evidence, such as from changes in fishhook and bread mould morphology, with the actual skeletal evidence. Further research is also required to refine the isotopic analysis as the current comparative material does not all originate from the same sites as the sources for the human remains

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9789042919945
Alternative titles: Dietary reconstruction from skeletal and isotopic data
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Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions : Faculty of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 204243
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Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 11:39
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:47

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