The Dinner is in the Detail: Assessing Seasonality through High-Resolution Stable Isotope Analysis on Archaeological Wombat Dental Enamel
23rd November 2014
Sequential isotopic analysis of dental enamel is an established technique used to research seasonality within the archaeological and palaeoecological records. Several studies have established that this technique can be successfully applied to modern marsupial species, including kangaroos (Brookman and Ambrose 2012, 2013), koalas (Fraser 2005) and wombats (Fraser et al. 2008). What has not yet been tested is the applicability of carbonate analyses on archaeological specimens in Australia. This study presents the results of high resolution stable carbon and oxygen isotopic analyses of archaeological wombat teeth from southwestern Tasmania. The research has demonstrated not only that the technique is applicable to the Australian archaeological context, but also that wombat enamel records data at a resolution much higher than previously recorded.
Citation for this poster:
Roberts, G., C. Smith, M. Gagan and R. Cosgrove 2014 The Dinner is in the Detail: Assessing Seasonality through High-Resolution Stable Isotope Analysis on Archaeological Wombat Dental Enamel. Poster Presented at the AAA/ASHA Annual Conference, 1-3 December, Cairns.
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