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Oyster shells as history books

Surge, D. and Milner, N. (2003) Oyster shells as history books. Shellfish News. pp. 5-7. ISSN 1363-4720

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Abstract

[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.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © Crown copyright, 2003. Reproduced with permission.
Academic Units: The University of York > Archaeology (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 14:28
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/887

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