Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2015

15 December 2016

Archaeodiet in the Greek World: Dietary Reconstruction from Stable Isotope Analysis

Edited by Anastasia Papathanasiou, Michael P. Richards & Sherry C. Fox

Archaeodiet in the Greek World: Dietary Reconstruction from Stable Isotope Analysis

City: Princeton/New Jersey

Year: 2015

Publisher: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Series: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Description: 224 p., 52 b/w figures, 27.9×21.5


The analysis of stable isotope ratios of carbon and nitrogen in bone collagen provides a powerful tool for reconstructing past diets, since it provides the only direct evidence of the foods that were actually consumed. The chapters that comprise this volume describe the application of this methodology to the archaeology of Greece, a country whose archaeobotanical remains have been isotopically studied more extensively than any other place in the world. The archaeological issues that can be addressed using stable isotope methods include the importance of fishing; the possible early introduction of millet; the nature of childrearing including weaning age and weaning foods; temporal shifts in protein consumption; differential access to certain foods associated with social status as well as gender and age; and cultural differences in dietary patterns. Additionally, diet is strongly correlated with health or stress markers in the teeth and bones. Knowing what people ate has vital implications for our understanding of past environments and economies, subsistence strategies, and nutrition.


Illustrations [vii-ix]
List of tables [xi-xii]

Chapter 1: Introduction [1-13]
Anastasia Papathanasiou & Sherry C. Fox

Chapter 2: Stable Isotope Analysis of Bone and Teeth as a Means for Reconstructing Past Human Diets in Greece [15-23]
Michael P. Richards

Chapter 3: Stable Isotope Analyses in Neolithic and Bronze Age Greece: An Overview [25-55]
Anastasia Papathanasiou

Chapter 4: Stable Isotope Analysis of Skeletal Assemblages from Prehistoric Northern Greece [57-75]
Sevasti Triantaphyllou

Chapter 5: Variations in Diet in Prehistoric Thebes: The Case of the Bronze Age Mass Burial [77-88]
Efrossini Vika

Chapter 6: Existence and Subsistence in Mycenaean-Era East Lokris: The Isotopic Evidence [89-104]
Carina A. Ιezzi


Chapter 7: Dietary Reconstruction at the Geometric-Period Burial Site of Ayios Dimitrios [105-117]
Eleni Panagiotopoulou & Anastasia Papathanasiou

Chapter 8: Diet and the Polis: An Isotopic Study of Diet in Athens and Laurion during the Classical, Hellenistic, and Imperial Roman Periods [119-145]
Anna Lagia

Chapter 9: Stable Isotope Evidence for Infant Feeding Practices in the Greek Colony of Apollonia Pontica [147-170]
Cynthia S. Kwok & Anne Keenleyside

Chapter 10: Bread, Oil, Wine, and Milk: Feeding Infants and Adults in Byzantine Greece [171-194]
Chryssi Bourbou & Sandra Garvie-Lok

Chapter 11: Summary: Patterns in the Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Data through Time [195-203]
Anastasia Papathanasiou & Michael P. Richards

Index [205-211]


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