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Stable-Isotope Bone Chemistry and Human/Animal Interactions in Historical Archaeology

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posted on 31.07.2020, 11:53 by Eric J Guiry, Stéphane Noël, Eric Tourigny
Stable isotope–based paleodietary work is ideally suited for answering questions about a wide variety of human/animal relationships in historical archaeological contexts in northeastern North America and farther afield. To date, very few published studies have approached historical animal husbandry and trade from an isotopic perspective. We advocate for increased attention to the possibilities of stable-isotope work by (1) explaining why the technique is well suited to address some problems of human/animal relations encountered by historical archaeologists, (2) presenting a literature review of previous stable-isotope work on human/ animal interaction in historical North America, and (3) offering a short case study on the dietary life history of an individual pig raised at the archaeological site of Ferryland, Newfoundland, Canada, based on stable carbon- and nitrogen-isotope data from serially sectioned dental collagen.

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Citation

Northeast Historical Archaeology: Vol. 41 41, Article 7. https://doi.org/10.22191/neha/vol41/iss1/7

Author affiliation

School of Archaeology and Ancient History

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Northeast Historical Archaeology

Volume

41

Issue

1

Pagination

126 - 143

Publisher

Binghamton University

issn

0048-0738

eissn

0048-0738

Copyright date

2012

Language

en

Publisher version

https://orb.binghamton.edu/neha/vol41/iss1/7/