Go Your Own Way: Bronze Age Mobility in the Seine Valley with the input of strontium isotope variability mapping

Solène Chevallier, Hannah James, Christophe Snoeck, Rebecca Peake, Estelle Herrscher

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The Bronze Age in France is marked by the interplay of various cultural
influences, especially during the transition from the Middle to the Late Bronze Age which is characterised by a shift in population dynamics and the emergence of new cultural influences. Population mobility could explain this pattern and studies of archaeological artifacts support this hypothesis. In this study, strontium isotopes (87Sr/86Sr) analyses are used to reconstruct past mobility, based directly on human cremated bones. 103 human samples were analysed from 8 Bronze Age sites located in the Upper Seine valley (north-eastern France), with a maximum distance of 25 kilometres between them. The results show a general isotopic homogeneity within each site. Despite the geographical proximity between the sites, two clusters are identified based on Sr values. This observation would suggest a distinct management of the land and resources, with the consumption of food from different areas of the local landscape, depending on the geographical location across the valley. Therefore, to establish a robust local baseline of the bioavailable strontium, we collected 97 plants from 33 locations, covering an area of 1600km
Originele taal-2English
TitelUK Archaeological Sciences Conference Abstract Book
Plaats van productieYork, UK
UitgeverijUK Archaeological Sciences Conference
Aantal pagina's1
StatusPublished - 4 apr 2024
EvenementUnited Kingdom Archaeological Sciences (UKAS) Conference 2024 - University of York, York, United Kingdom
Duur: 3 apr 20245 apr 2024


ConferenceUnited Kingdom Archaeological Sciences (UKAS) Conference 2024
Verkorte titelUKAS 2024
Land/RegioUnited Kingdom
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