Bone collagen stable nitrogen and carbon isotopes as indicators of past human diet and landscape use in southeastern South Australia

05th January 2014

Graph showing isotope values (published in Australian Archaeology 46:26).

Graph showing isotope values of various animals (published in Australian Archaeology 46:26).

F. Donald Pate

Introduction*

Stable carbon isotope palaeodietary research at the Roonka Flat archaeological site, lower Murray River, South Australia (Pate and Schoeninger 1993; Pate 1995a, 1995b) suggested that there was minimal movement of people and/or food between the inland riverine area and the southeastern coastal and arid interior regions of South Australia during the late Holocene. Other archaeological and physical anthropological data, for example, cemetery and site distributions and numbers and cranial non-metric traits (see Pardoe 1995) also provide evidence for increased sedentism and territoriality in the lower Murray region during the late Holocene.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Pate, F.D.
Bone collagen stable nitrogen and carbon isotopes as indicators of past human diet and landscape use in southeastern South Australia
June 1998
46
23–29
Article
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