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Sulphur isotope variation in archaeological marine fauna from northern Europe

Craig, O.E., Ross, R., Andersen, S.H., Milner, N. and Bailey, G.N. (2006) Sulphur isotope variation in archaeological marine fauna from northern Europe. Journal of Archaeological Science, 33 (11). pp. 1642-1646. ISSN 0305-4403

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We undertook combined stable carbon, nitrogen and sulphur isotope analysis of marine and terrestrial faunal remains from two prehistoric coastal shell middens in Denmark. The aim of the investigation was to establish whether sulphur isotopes were useful in discriminating terrestrial and marine consumers in this region. We found that sulphur isotopes do separate marine and terrestrial fauna but, contrary to our expectations, we observed a negative correlation between δ34S and δ13C values for marine fauna. We conclude that similar studies over a broader geographical range are needed before sulphur isotopes can be reliably used to study coastal resource exploitation.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Archaeology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2009 10:43
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2009 10:43
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2006.05.006
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V.
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jas.2006.05.006
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6584

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