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Food for thought: Re-assessing Mesolithic diets in the Iron Gates

Food for thought: Re-assessing Mesolithic diets in the Iron Gates
Food for thought: Re-assessing Mesolithic diets in the Iron Gates
Stable isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur in human bone collagen are used routinely to aid in the reconstruction of ancient diets. Isotopic analysis of human remains from sites in the Iron Gates section of the Lower Danube Valley has led to conflicting interpretations of Mesolithic diets in this key region of southeast Europe. One view (Bonsall et al. 1997, 2004) is that diets were based mainly on riverine resources throughout the Mesolithic. A competing hypothesis (Nehlich et al. 2010) argues that Mesolithic diets were more varied with at least one Early Mesolithic site showing an emphasis on terrestrial resources, and riverine resources only becoming dominant in the Later Mesolithic. The present article revisits this issue, discussing the stable isotope data in relation to archaeozoological and radiocarbon evidence.
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Cook, Gordon
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Higham, Thomas
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Soficaru, Andrei
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Bonsall, Clive, Cook, Gordon, Pickard, Catriona, McSweeney, Kathleen, Sayle, Kerry, Bartosiewicz, Laszlo, Radovanovic, Ivana, Higham, Thomas, Soficaru, Andrei and Boroneant, Adina (2015) Food for thought: Re-assessing Mesolithic diets in the Iron Gates. Radiocarbon, 57 (4), 689-699. (doi:10.2458/azu_rc.57.18440).

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Stable isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur in human bone collagen are used routinely to aid in the reconstruction of ancient diets. Isotopic analysis of human remains from sites in the Iron Gates section of the Lower Danube Valley has led to conflicting interpretations of Mesolithic diets in this key region of southeast Europe. One view (Bonsall et al. 1997, 2004) is that diets were based mainly on riverine resources throughout the Mesolithic. A competing hypothesis (Nehlich et al. 2010) argues that Mesolithic diets were more varied with at least one Early Mesolithic site showing an emphasis on terrestrial resources, and riverine resources only becoming dominant in the Later Mesolithic. The present article revisits this issue, discussing the stable isotope data in relation to archaeozoological and radiocarbon evidence.

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Published date: 2015

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Local EPrints ID: 435524
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/435524
ISSN: 0033-8222
PURE UUID: 75bd4744-f227-4572-a167-26aa2a6252ef
ORCID for Andrei Soficaru: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8658-6695

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Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:22

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Author: Clive Bonsall
Author: Gordon Cook
Author: Catriona Pickard
Author: Kathleen McSweeney
Author: Kerry Sayle
Author: Laszlo Bartosiewicz
Author: Ivana Radovanovic
Author: Thomas Higham
Author: Andrei Soficaru ORCID iD
Author: Adina Boroneant

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