Carbon, nitrogen and sulphur isotope data of archaeological fish and mammal bone collagen from Lithuania

by Robson H. K., Gron K. J., Gröcke D. R., Piličiauskienė G., Piličiauskas G.
doi:10.48530/isoarch.2022.003
Created on 2022-10-19
Keywords Stable isotope analysis; Bone collagen; Palaeodiet; Palaeoeconomy; Mesolithic; Subneolithic; Neolithic; Bronze Age

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Until relatively recently, stable sulphur isotope analysis of bone collagen was seldom undertaken in bioarchaeological research. With increasing frequency, its application has proven useful in reconstructing palaeodiets and palaeoecologies, as well as identifying potential migration and mobility patterns. Here, sulphur (δ34S) isotope analysis, together with carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N), was performed on six fish and 34 mammal bone collagen samples from 14 prehistoric sites in Lithuania dating from the Late Mesolithic (ca. 7000–5000 cal BC) to the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1100–500 cal BC). We present the first δ34S data from Lithuania, including coupled δ13C and δ15N data, offering a crucial dataset for future research to explore spatial and temporal variability in the region and beyond.

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Robson, H. K., Gron, K. J., Gröcke, D. R., Piličiauskienė, G., & Piličiauskas, G. (2022). Carbon, nitrogen and sulphur isotope data of archaeological fish and mammal bone collagen from Lithuania [Data set]. IsoArcH. https://doi.org/10.48530/ISOARCH.2022.003

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