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Title: Stable isotopic analysis of prehistoric human diet in the Mariana Islands, western Pacific
Authors: Pate, Frank Donald
Craib, John L.
Heathcote, Gary M.
Keywords: Archaeology
Issue Date: Jun-2001
Publisher: Australian Archaeological Association
Citation: Pate, F.D. Craib, J.L. & Heathcote, G.M. 2001. Stable isotopic analysis of prehistoric human diet in the Mariana Islands, western Pacific. 'Australian Archaeology', no.52, 1-4.
Series/Report no.: Australian Archaeology Number 52
Abstract: Stable isotopic analyses of human and faunal bones provide a valuable means to differentiate marine and terrestrial food use in prehistoric tropical island environments (Keegan and DeNiro 1988; McGovern-Wilson and Quinn 1996; Ambrose et al. 1997). Because stable carbon and nitrogen isotope values in bone collagen are quantitatively related to the isotopic composition of ingested foods (Schoeninger and Moore 1992; Pate 1994), isotopic analyses of archaeological human bone may provide quantitative information about past diet that enhances qualitative data derived from artefacts and floral and faunal remains.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/918
ISSN: 0312-2417
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