Biogeochemical Approaches to Paleodietary Analysis (Advances by Stanley H. Ambrose, M. Anne Katzenberg

By Stanley H. Ambrose, M. Anne Katzenberg

The examine of human vitamin brings jointly researchers from various backgrounds starting from smooth human nutrients and biochemistry to the geochemistry of fossilized bones and tooth. The contributions to this quantity develop out of the Fourth complex Seminar on Paleodiet and supply a discussion board for students with universal pursuits to speak about the newest advances and interpretations and chart destiny instructions for paleodietry examine.

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These tables were adapted in this study to assess the relative contributions of meat, vegetables, and baked items in the adult diet. Based on the values of various recipes that incorporate the foods most commonly consumed, and the table of relative contribution of each to the diet, Abonyi (1993) derived an average for diet by multiplying the of each food group (meat, baked goods and vegetables) by their relative contribution to the diet (Fig. 2). The resulting estimated for the total diet is Estimated Diet to Collagen Spacing In order to estimate the spacing between the of food and that of bone collagen, Abonyi (1993) subtracted the mean of bone collagen from the of the diet with a resulting value of This is very close to the value proposed in 1978 by Vogel for large mammals.

Stable Isotope Analysis, Bone Organic Fraction Four hundred and thirty-four samples were analyzed for stable isotopes of carbon. One hundred and thirty-two samples were analyzed for stable isotopes of nitrogen. The objectives of the carbon isotope analysis were: 1) to compare the historical information regarding the proportion of plants in the diet to the evidence from the skeletal remains, 2) to compare the values of foods to those of bone and determine the difference between diet and collagen, and 3) to see if there were changes in the consumption of plants over the time that the cemetery was in use.

ANNE KATZENBERG ET AL. P. J. 1991 Stable isotope analyses in human nutritional ecology. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 34: 283–322. C. 1986. Stable Carbon Isotopes and Prehistoric Diets in the Southwestern Cape Province, South Africa. Oxford: BAR International Series 293. L. and Fagre, T. 1993 Effect of diet quality and composition on the isotopic composition of respiratory bone collagen, bioapatite and soft tissues. B. , Prehistoric Human Bone: Archaeology at the Molecular Level. Berlin, Springer-Verlag: 121–155.

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