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Focus: sulphur isotope variation in archaeological marine fauna from northern Europe

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Oliver Craig, Dr Nicola Milner, Professor Geoffrey Bailey


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We undertook combined stable carbon, nitrogen and sulphur isotope analysis of marine and terrestrial faunal remains from two prehistoric coastal shell middens in Denmark. The aim of the investigation was to establish whether sulphur isotopes were useful in discriminating terrestrial and marine consumers in this region. We found that sulphur isotopes do separate marine and terrestrial fauna but, contrary to our expectations, we observed a negative correlation between δ34S and δ13C values for marine fauna. We conclude that similar studies over a broader geographical range are needed before sulphur isotopes can be reliably used to study coastal resource exploitation. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Craig OE, Ross R, Andersen SH, Milner N, Bailey GN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Archaeological Science

Year: 2006

Volume: 33

Issue: 11

Pages: 1642-1646

ISSN (print): 0305-4403

ISSN (electronic): 1095-9238

Publisher: Academic Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2006.05.006


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