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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 Midant-Reynes, B., Tristant, Y., Rowland, J. and Hendrickx, S. (eds.) In Egypt at its Origins 2. Peeters., pp. 369-382.

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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

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Published date: 2008
Venue - Dates: Egypt at its Origins 2, France, 2008-09-05 - 2008-09-08
Organisations: Archaeology


Local EPrints ID: 204243
ISBN: 978-90-429-1994-5
PURE UUID: 3bdcc864-8d91-4520-93b6-98fa259e5eed

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Date deposited: 25 Nov 2011 11:39
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:06

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Editor: B. Midant-Reynes
Editor: Y. Tristant
Editor: J. Rowland
Editor: S. Hendrickx

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