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dc.contributor.authorFitzpatrick, Alexandra L.*
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-29T14:21:54Z
dc.date.available2018-08-29T14:21:54Z
dc.date.issued2017-06
dc.identifier.citationFitzpatrick A (2017) Fishing, Diet, and Environment in the Iron Age of the Northern Isles. The 20th Iron Age Research Student Symposium (IARSS). 31 May-3 Jun 2017. University of Bradford, Bradford, UK.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/16560
dc.descriptionYesen_US
dc.description.abstractIt has been argued that no fishing occurred during the British Iron Age. However, sites in the Northern Isles have been producing large assemblages of small fish bones, complicating the picture. This project reconsiders this argument by investigating fish bone assemblages excavated from the site of Swandro on Rousay, Orkney. Multiple analytical methods were applied to the assemblages in order to determine the range of species present, the method of capture and treatment of the fish, and their influence on diet. Preliminary work consisted of identifying each individual bone to element and species. Due to the size of the average specimen, scanning electron microscopy was employed to examine samples for any indication of butchery, charring, or digestion. Light isotope analysis was also utilised to determine the effects of fish on the diets of the inhabitants of Iron Age Swandro. Results from these analytical approaches indicated the occurrence of low intensity fishing activity and consumption that had no significant effect on diet. However, intensification in fishing would begin to occur during the Later Iron Age, as evident by a shift in the composition of fish bone assemblages. This project can be considered a pilot study in the successful application of analytical methods to faunal assemblages in order to develop a more detailed interpretation of the environmental aspects of a site.en_US
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dc.rights(c) 2017 The Author. Full-text reproduced with author's permission.en_US
dc.subjectArchaeologyen_US
dc.subjectZooarchaeologyen_US
dc.subjectIron Ageen_US
dc.subjectOrkney Islandsen_US
dc.titleFishing, Diet, and Environment in the Iron Age of the Northern Islesen_US
dc.status.refereedNoen_US
dc.typeConference paperen_US
dc.type.versionpublished version paperen_US
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-29T14:22:07Z


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