By Stanley H. Ambrose, Lynette Norr (auth.), Professor Dr. Joseph B. Lambert, Professor Dr. Gisela Grupe (eds.)
Locked up inside of human bone are tantalizing clues about the diets ate up by way of historic peoples. at the one hand the quantities of definite elementsin bone (strontium, zinc) function measures of protein, fiber, and calcium consumption. nevertheless, the ratios of carbon isotopes and of nitrogen isotopes offer details on questions of fish vs. meat, herbivore vs. carnivore, or (for animals) browser (shrubs) vs. grazer (grasses). Such details supplies a window on many elements of prehistoric cultures and will complement the nonskeletal archaeological checklist. as well as those techniques, the biochemical checklist in bone from protein and nucleic acids comparable to DNA serves as a resource of nondietary details akin to genetic relationships. This quantity treats all 3 subjects.: elemental, isotopic, and biochemical. the key specialists within the components supply primary descriptions of the thoughts, show their matters over the restrictions of the tools, and describe contemporary functions to archaeological studies.
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