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Prehistoric Human Bone

Archaeology at the Molecular Level

Editors: Lambert, Joseph B., Grupe, Gisela (Eds.)

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Locked up within human bone are tantalizing clues concerning the diets consumed by ancient peoples. On the one hand the amounts of certain elementsin bone (strontium, zinc) serve as measures of protein, fiber, and calcium intake. On the other hand, the ratios of carbon isotopes and of nitrogen isotopes provide information on questions of fish vs. meat, herbivore vs. carnivore, or (for animals) browser (shrubs) vs. grazer (grasses). Such information can provide a window on many aspects of prehistoric cultures and can supplement the nonskeletal archaeological record. In addition to these two approaches, the biochemical record in bone from protein and nucleic acids such as DNA serves as a source of nondietary information such as genetic relationships. This volume treats all three subjects.: elemental, isotopic, and biochemical. The foremost experts in the areas provide fundamental descriptions of the techniques, express their concerns over the limitations of the methods, and describe recent applications to archaeological studies.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Experimental Evidence for the Relationship of the Carbon Isotope Ratios of Whole Diet and Dietary Protein to Those of Bone Collagen and Carbonate

    Pages 1-37

    Ambrose, Stanley H. (et al.)

  • Age Differences and Population Variation in Stable Isotope Values from Ontario, Canada

    Pages 39-62

    Katzenberg, M. Anne

  • Light, Stable Isotopes and the Subsistence Base of Formative Cultures at Valdivia, Ecuador

    Pages 63-97

    Merwe, Nikolaas J. (et al.)

  • Isotopic Evidence for Diets of Prehistoric Farmers in South Africa

    Pages 99-120

    Lee-Thorp, Julia A. (et al.)

  • Effect of Diet Quality and Composition on the Isotopic Composition of Respiratory CO2, Bone Collagen, Bioapatite, and Soft Tissues

    Pages 121-155

    Tieszen, Larry L. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Prehistoric Human Bone
Book Subtitle
Archaeology at the Molecular Level
Editors
  • Joseph B. Lambert
  • Gisela Grupe
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-02894-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-02894-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-02896-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 313
Number of Illustrations
71 b/w illustrations
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