Investigating Intra-individual Dietary Changes and Radiocarbon Ages Using High Resolution δ13C, δ15N Isotope Ratios and 14C Ages Obtained From Dentine Increments

Laura G. van der Sluis, Paula J. Reimer, Niels Lynnerup

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Abstract

Ten medieval permanent teeth were subjected to incremental dentine sectioning and stable isotope analysis to investigate dietary changes in high resolution. In addition to this, eight increments were also selected for 14C measurements to examine possible intra-individual age differences. Results reveal the cessation of weaning, various dietary profiles and in some cases significantly different 14C ages obtained from a single tooth. This case study illustrates how 14C measurements can function as a proxy alongside the commonly used carbon and nitrogen stable isotope values to interpret the diet of past individuals
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-677
Number of pages13
JournalRadiocarbon
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • incremental dentine
  • Denmark
  • Childhood diet
  • radiocarbon ages
  • Stable isotopes

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