Due to the very high temperatures reached during cremation (up to 1000ºC and more) it has generally been assumed that the traditional stable isotope methods used on unburned bone are not applicable to cremated bone. However, various studies have shown that cremated bone provides a reliable substrate for radiocarbon dating and strontium isotope analyses. This poster presents the results of on-going research on the carbon, oxygen and strontium isotope ratios of calcined bone (δ13Cap, δ18Oc, δ18Op, 87Sr/86Sr), REEs, infrared and µXRF analyses. By looking into these different parameters it is possible study landscape use and mobility patterns at sites where cremation was practiced. It also allows investigating changes from marine to terrestrial diets as well as cremation practices.
These new developments have been successfully applied to archaeological sites from Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age Ireland and UK. This poster presents and compares the results from these different sites and discusses their implications and future research.
|Title of host publication||UKAS 2017 Abstracts|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||UK Archaeological Science Meeting 2017 - UCL, London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 4 May 2016 → 7 May 2016
|Conference||UK Archaeological Science Meeting 2017|
|Abbreviated title||UKAS 2017|
|Period||4/05/16 → 7/05/16|