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Smörkullen- the forgotten cemetery: Dietary studies of a Roman Iron Age cemetery in Västra Tollstad parish, Östergötland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis deals with individuals buried at Smörkullen, Västra Tollstad parish, Östergötland, Sweden. The aim is to reconstruct the diet of the individuals through stable isotope analyses and then try to identify if social hierarchy correlates with the diet. To do this, 35 individuals were divided into different groups (males, females, high status graves, low status graves, young adults, adults, seniors and trepanned individuals) and then subjected to stable isotope analyses of carbon, nitrogen and sulphur. The results show that all individuals lived mainly on freshwater fish with a few exceptions that had a more mixed diet of terrestrial protein and freshwater fish. The sulphur analyses showed that one female (possibly two) has moved to the area sometime after the age of seven. Because of the homogenous diet of freshwater fish no social hierarchy based on diet could be established.

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2009. , 53 p.
Keyword [en]
Roman Iron Age, Östergötland, Västra Tollstad, Alvastra, Smörkullen, diet, Stable isotopes
Keyword [sv]
Romersk järnålder, Östergötland, Västra Tollstad, Alvastra, Smörkullen, diet, stabila isotoper
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-37515OAI: diva2:302665
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2010-03-24 Created: 2010-03-09 Last updated: 2010-03-24Bibliographically approved

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