Palaeodietary inferences from bone collagen stable carbon isotopes at Roonka Flat, South Australia

23rd January 2014

F. Donald Pate

Introduction*

The Roonka Flat archaeological site on the lower Murray River of South Australia provides one of the largest well provenanced prehistoric Aboriginal skeletal populations in Australia. Bone specimens from a large sample of the population were submitted for stable carbon isotope paleodietary analysis to address:

1. relative access to foods from coastal, riverine and arid interior habitats; and,
2. dietary variability within the population (Pate 1994a, 1994b).

*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.
Palaeodietary inferences from bone collagen stable carbon isotopes at Roonka Flat, South Australia
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