Multi‐element analysis for dietary reconstruction at a balearic Iron Age site

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Abstract

The number of studies using trace elements as indicators of diet has increased with time, but the majority have used few elements and a small sample. The present study has as a principal objective a multi‐element analysis of diet in a large sample in which diagenetic changes have been shown to be unimportant. The analysis was made using concentrations of seven elements—Sr, Ba, Mg, Cu, Zn, V and Ca—in 197 individuals from the necropolis of ‘S' Illot des Porros’ (Majorca, Spain). The results show that these individuals would have had a mixed diet with a high meat component, principally of marine origin (molluscs and fish), but with an important consumption of seeds and cereals and a low proportion of vegetables. Copyright © 1992 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-204
JournalInternational Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992

Keywords

  • atomic absorption
  • Bone
  • inductively atomic emission
  • marine food
  • multi‐element analysis

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