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Calcium isotopes in archaeological bones and their relationship to dairy consumption

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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 differenc...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1016/j.jas.2010.10.017

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University of Oxford
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Social Sciences Division - Archaeology,School of - Archaeology & the History of Art,Research Laboratory for
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University of Oxford
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Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Earth Sciences
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University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Archaeology,School of - Archaeology & the History of Art,Research Laboratory for
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Elsevier Publisher's website
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Journal of Archaeological Science Journal website
Volume:
38
Issue:
3
Pages:
657-664
Publication date:
2011-03-05
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0305-4403
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uuid:f89b4aa8-140e-4fd9-bc9f-75efe4133ae7
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ora:5554

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