Food for thought: re-assessing Mesolithic diets in the Iron Gates

Bonsall, C., Cook, G. , Pickard, C., McSweeney, K., Sayle, K. , Bartosiewicz, L., Radovanović, I., Higham, T., Soficaru, A. and Boroneanţ, A. (2015) Food for thought: re-assessing Mesolithic diets in the Iron Gates. Radiocarbon, 57(4), pp. 1-11. (doi:10.2458/azu_rc.57.18440)

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Abstract

Stable isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur in human bone collagen are used routinely to aid in the reconstruction of ancient diets. Isotopic analysis of human remains from sites in the Iron Gates section of the Lower Danube Valley has led to conflicting interpretations of Mesolithic diets in this key region of southeast Europe. One view (Bonsall et al. 1997, 2004) is that diets were based mainly on riverine resources throughout the Mesolithic. A competing hypothesis (Nehlich et al. 2010) argues that Mesolithic diets were more varied with at least one Early Mesolithic site showing an emphasis on terrestrial resources, and riverine resources only becoming dominant in the Later Mesolithic. The present article revisits this issue, discussing the stable isotope data in relation to archaeozoological and radiocarbon evidence.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cook, Professor Gordon and Sayle, Dr Kerry
Authors: Bonsall, C., Cook, G., Pickard, C., McSweeney, K., Sayle, K., Bartosiewicz, L., Radovanović, I., Higham, T., Soficaru, A., and Boroneanţ, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Radiocarbon
Publisher:University of Arizona
ISSN:0033-8222
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Radiocarbon 57(4):1-11
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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