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

By Stanley H. Ambrose, M. Anne Katzenberg

The examine of human nutrition brings jointly researchers from diversified backgrounds starting from sleek human nutrients and biochemistry to the geochemistry of fossilized bones and enamel. The contributions to this quantity develop out of the Fourth complicated 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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From these data, it can be concluded that cooking may have a small effect on carbon isotope values, but the directional change is variable and should not significantly affect dietary interpretations. Baking also produces a shift, which can be explained by the chemical changes that occur with leavening agents. 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 carbon isotope data suggest that males may have consumed more beef however this is not sup- ported by the nitrogen isotope data. Alcohol consumption was considered as a possible source of variation in carbon isotope values between the sexes. In an unrelated study, Krouse (personal communication) analyzed different types of whiskey to determine if they were made from wheat, corn or other grains. Rum, bourbon and some vodka are made from corn and have values ranging from –14 to –11‰. Whiskey made from wheat or rye has values around –25 to –26‰.

Carbon and nitrogen isotope values in human bone collagen from Preclassic Belize; Classic Belize (Pacbitun, Baking Pot, and Barton Ramie only); the Classic Peten (Uaxactun, Holmul, Seibal, Altar de Sacrificios, Seibal, Dos Pilas, Aguateca, Itzan); and Classic Honduras (Copan). indigenous animals and plants.

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