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Sulphur isotopic variation in ancient bone collagen from Europe: implications for human palaeodiet, residence mobility, and modern pollutant studies

Richards, M.P ; Fuller, B.T ; Hedges, R.E.M

Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2001, Vol.191(3), pp.185-190 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Sulphur isotopic variation in ancient bone collagen from Europe: implications for human palaeodiet, residence mobility, and modern pollutant studies
  • Autor: Richards, M.P ; Fuller, B.T ; Hedges, R.E.M
  • Assuntos: Sulfur ; Isotopes ; Bones ; Collagen ; Diet ; Archaeology ; Geology ; Physics
  • É parte de: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2001, Vol.191(3), pp.185-190
  • Descrição: We report here on the first measurements of delta (super 34) S in small (<10 mg) samples of ancient bone collagen extracted from humans (n = 23) and animals (n = 4) from various European archaeological sites. Measurement of delta (super 34) S values complement collagen delta (super 13) C and delta (super 15) N measurements and can provide corroboratory palaeodietary insights or new locality information. In areas where there are clear delta (super 34) S differences between marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems they can be used to infer the consumption of foods from these systems. Also, as collagen delta (super 34) S values reflect local environment delta (super 34) S values, they can be used to identify the region where an individual normally resides, and therefore identify migratory individuals. Modern animal bone collagen delta (super 34) S values were also measured (n = 7) and it was observed that such values may be confounded by modern sulphur pollutants, and we propose that archaeological material, which is free from modern sulphur pollutants, would provide appropriate baseline material for ecosystem studies.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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