Surge, D. and Milner, N. (2003) Oyster shells as history books. Shellfish News. pp. 5-7. ISSN 1363-4720Full text available as:
[FIRST PARAGRAPH] A collaborative project was established in 2002 that has brought together geochemistry and archaeology in order to investigate environmental change and the harvesting strategies of ancient peoples. The objectives of this study are to decipher the life history and environmental information contained in shells of the European oyster, Ostrea edulis, by analyzing geochemical variations along shell growth. This approach provides an independent measure of age and season of death, as well as a record of environmental change in temperature and salinity through the life of the oyster. By understanding the life history and environmental records contained in modern oyster shells, we can analyze shells from archaeological sites to gain an historical perspective of harvesting practices and environmental change in ancient shellfisheries.
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|Institution:||The University of York|
|Academic Units:||The University of York > Archaeology (York)|
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|Date Deposited:||19 Dec 2005|
|Last Modified:||21 Apr 2015 15:57|