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Integrating Stable Isotope and Zooarchaeological Analyses in Historical Archaeology: A Case Study from the Urban Nineteenth-Century Commonwealth Block Site, Melbourne, Australia

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posted on 31.07.2020, 11:46 by Eric J Guiry, B Harpley, Z Jones, C Smith
This paper presents the first use of bone collagen stable isotope analyses for the purpose of reconstructing historical animal husbandry and trade practices in Australia. Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses of 51 domesticate and commensal specimens demonstrate that meats consumed at the mid to late nineteenth-century Commonwealth Block site in Melbourne derived from animals with a diverse range of isotopic signatures. Potential factors contributing to this diversity including animal trade and variability in local animal husbandry practices are discussed. From these results we suggest that stable isotope-based paleodietary reconstructions have significant potential to illuminate a variety of human-animal relations in Australia's historical period as well as other New World contexts. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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Citation

International Journal of Historical Archaeology, volume 18, pp. 415–440 (2014)

Author affiliation

School of Archaeology and Ancient History

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

International Journal of Historical Archaeology

Volume

18

Issue

3

Pagination

415 - 440

Publisher

Springer Science and Business Media LLC

issn

1092-7697

eissn

1573-7748

Copyright date

2014

Language

en

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https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10761-014-0264-3#Abs1

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