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Diet under mesolitikum utifrån analys av stabila isotoper i benmaterial
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2006 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper deals with reconstruction of Mesolithic diet by analysis of the stable isotopes [delta]13C and [delta]15N in human bone material. In the first part of the work, the Mesolithic settlement site in Motala, Sweden, is briefly described and an attempt to measure stable isotopes for human and animal bone finds from this site is accounted for. Due to low collagen content in the bone material, the analysis was not possible to complete. In the second part of the paper, a comparison is made of published stable isotope analyses for a number of Mesolithic sites in Europe. A conclusion is that diet in the Mesolithic depended on geographical factors and was thus by no means uniform. Finally, the importance of faunal reference values in human diet reconstruction analyses is stressed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
archaeology, stable isotopes, carbon, nitrogen, Mesolithic, Stone Age, diet, Motala, Europe
Keyword [sv]
arkeologi, stabila isotoper, kol, kväve, mesolitikum, stenålder, kost, Motala, Europa
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-1146OAI: diva2:189480
Available from: 2006-07-31 Created: 2006-07-31Bibliographically approved

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