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Nitrogen isotope values of Pennisetum glaucum (pearl millet) grains: towards a reconstruction of past cultivation conditions in the Sahel, West Africa

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The nitrogen isotope compositions of charred wheat and barley grains reflect manuring intensity and have been used to reconstruct past manuring practices at archaeological sites across Europe and western Asia. To assess whether this analytical method can be applied to a staple crop in the West African Sahel, the nitrogen isotope values of Pennisetum glaucum grains in this region were determined and the effect of charring ascertained. Pennisetum glaucum ears were collected from fields in north...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1007/s00334-019-00722-9

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
School of Archaeology
Sub department:
Archaeology Institute
Oxford college:
St Cross College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-6716-8890
Publisher:
Springer Verlag
Journal:
Vegetation History and Archaeobotany More from this journal
Volume:
28
Issue:
2019
Pages:
663-678
Publication date:
2019-03-15
Acceptance date:
2019-03-09
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EISSN:
1617-6278
ISSN:
0939-6314
Language:
English
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pubs:986024
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uuid:fe104770-9870-42bb-9fa8-548fd2433a8a
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pubs:986024
Source identifiers:
986024
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2019-04-05

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