The whole tooth and nothing but the tooth: or why temporal resolution of bone collagen may be unreliable
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Research Development Fund Publication Prize Award
Rights© 2020 Wiley This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Beaumont J (2020) The whole tooth and nothing but the tooth: or why temporal resolution of bone collagen may be unreliable. Archaeometry. 62(3): 626-645, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12544. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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AbstractThe carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) isotope ratios of human bone collagen have been used extensively over the last 40 years to investigate the diet of past populations. It has become apparent that bone collagen can give an unreliable temporal dietary signature especially in juveniles. With higher temporal resolution sampling of collagen from tooth dentine, it is possible to identify short‐term changes in diet previously invisible in bone. This paper discusses the inherent problems of using bone collagen for dietary studies and suggests better sample choices which can make our interpretations more robust, using breastfeeding and weaning as an example.
CitationBeaumont J (2020) The whole tooth and nothing but the tooth: or why temporal resolution of bone collagen may be unreliable. Archaeometry. 62(3): 626-645.
Link to publisher’s versionhttps://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12544
NotesThe full-text of this article will be released for public view at the end of the publisher embargo on 06 Feb 2022.
Research Development Fund Publication Prize Award winner, February 2020.