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- DescriptionThe analysis of stable isotope ratios of carbon and nitrogen in bone collagen provides a powerful tool for reconstructing past diets, since it provides the only direct evidence of the foods that were actually consumed. The articles that comprise this volume describe the application of the methodology to the archaeology of Greece, a country that has been isotopically studied more extensively than any other place in the world. The archaeological issues that can be addressed using stable isotope methods include the importance of fishing, the possible early introduction of millet, the nature of childrearing including weaning age and weaning foods, temporal shifts in protein consumption, differential access to certain foods associated with social status, as well as gender, age, and cultural differences in dietary patterns. Additionally, diet is strongly correlated with health or stress markers in the teeth and bones. Kwing what people ate has vital implications for our understanding of past environments and ecomies, subsistence strategies, and nutrition.
- Author BiographyAnastasia Papathanasiou is an archaeologist with the Greek Ministry of Culture in the Ephorate of Paleoanthropology and Speleology. Her research interests focus on the areas of bioarchaeology, paleopathology, paleodiet, stables isotope analysis, mortuary practices, and prehistoric archaeology. She conducts physical anthropological and archaeological research in Neolithic and Bronze Age sites in Greece.
- PublisherAmerican School of Classical Studies at Athens
- Date of Publication15/08/2015
- Place of PublicationPrinceton
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAmerican School of Classical Studies at Athens
- Content Note52 b/w figs
- Weight590 g
- Width216 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Edited byAnastasia Papathanasiou,Michael P. Richards,Sherry C. Fox
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