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Isotopic Landscapes in Bioarchaeology

Editors: Grupe, Gisela, McGlynn, George C. (Eds.)

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  • Summarizes the outcome of interdisciplinary workshops based on a network of different sciences such as physical anthropology, archaeology, zooarchaeology, geology, mineralogy, and computer sciences with regard to the research potential in future bioarchaeological research
  • New methods of “fuzzy data mining” by the computer sciences are addressed for the first time
  • Based on the outcomes of international workshops sponsored by the German Science Foundation and the Centre of Advanced Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian- University Munich
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This work takes a critical look at the current concept of isotopic landscapes ("isoscapes") in bioarchaeology and its application in future research. It specifically addresses the research potential of cremated finds, a somewhat neglected bioarchaeological substrate, resulting primarily from the inherent osteological challenges and complex mineralogy associated with it. In addition, for the first time data mining methods are applied. The chapters are the outcome of an international workshop sponsored by the German Science Foundation and the Centre of Advanced Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. Isotopic landscapes are indispensable tracers for the monitoring of the flow of matter through geo/ecological systems since they comprise existing temporally and spatially defined stable isotopic patterns found in geological and ecological samples. Analyses of stable isotopes of the elements nitrogen, carbon, oxygen, strontium, and lead are routinely utilized in bioarchaeology to reconstruct biodiversity, palaeodiet, palaeoecology, palaeoclimate, migration and trade. The interpretive power of stable isotopic ratios depends not only on firm, testable hypotheses, but most importantly on the cooperative networking of scientists from both natural and social sciences. Application of multi-isotopic tracers generates isotopic patterns with multiple dimensions, which accurately characterize a find, but can only be interpreted by use of modern data mining methods.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Unanswered Questions in the Evolution of Biomineralisation

    Pages 1-13

    Harper, Elizabeth M.

  • Complexities of the Ancient Mortuary Rite of Cremation: An Osteoarchaeological Conundrum

    Pages 17-41

    McKinley, Jacqueline I.

  • Bones, Rocks, and Flames: Mineralogy and Petrology of Slags and Cremated Bones from Ritual Immolation Sites in Tyrol

    Pages 43-67

    Tropper, Peter

  • Radiocarbon Dating of Cremated Bones: An Overview

    Pages 69-89

    Strydonck, Mark

  • Mineralogic Characterisation of Archaeological Bone

    Pages 91-110

    Schmahl, Wolfgang W. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Isotopic Landscapes in Bioarchaeology
Editors
  • Gisela Grupe
  • George C. McGlynn
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-48339-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-48339-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-662-48338-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-56917-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 238
Number of Illustrations
46 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
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