Exploring the potential of human bone and teeth collagen from Prehistoric Cyprus for isotopic analysis

Goude, Gwenaëlle, Clarke, Joanne, Webb, Jennifer M., Frankel, David, Georgiou, Giorgos, Herrscher, Estelle and Lorentz, Kirsi O. (2018) Exploring the potential of human bone and teeth collagen from Prehistoric Cyprus for isotopic analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 22. pp. 115-122. ISSN 2352-409X

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Abstract

This pilot study attempts to document the potential of Prehistoric human bone and teeth collagen from Cyprus (9th-2nd mill. BC), for isotopic analysis and palaeodietary reconstruction. We sampled archaeological human skeletons and some faunal remains coming from six sites located in different locations, with different burial modes. The analysis of carbon and nitrogen elemental compositions and stable isotope ratios (δ13C, δ15N), indicate an extremely poor preservation of collagen, probably in relationship with burying conditions. Although very few individuals were successfully analysed, stable isotope data from this study allow a discussion on different protein food resources intake by humans in comparison with some other published data in the Near East (Greece, Cyprus, Turkey) from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age. These diachronic data provide documentations for future studies, including palaeodietary and environmental field research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cyprus,chalcolithic,bronze age,bone,teeth,collagen,carbon,nitrogen,palaeodiet
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 15:31
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 07:03
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/68590
DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.09.018

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