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Calcium isotopes in archaeological bones and their relationship to dairy consumption

Abstract:

The calcium isotope ratios (δ44/42Ca) of bones from humans and fauna from three archaeological sites, Taforalt, Abu Hureyra, and Danebury, are evaluated in order to assess whether calcium isotope ratios of bones can be used to detect dairy consumption by adult humans. At each site the fauna δ44/42Ca is the same regardless of species, while the humans have lower δ44/42Ca than the local animals by 0.24-0.41‰ (site means). However we cannot ascribe this difference to dairy consumption, given thi...

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10.1016/j.jas.2010.10.017

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Reynard, LM More by this author
Henderson, GM More by this author
Hedges, REM More by this author
Journal:
Journal of Archaeological Science
Volume:
38
Issue:
3
Pages:
657-664
Publication date:
2011-03-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1095-9238
ISSN:
0305-4403
URN:
uuid:7e42dbc0-60f5-40df-a1d5-af53846ccc8e
Source identifiers:
110357
Local pid:
pubs:110357

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