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Subsistence and the isotopic signature of herding in the Bronze Age Hexi Corridor, NW Gansu, China
Atahan, P (Atahan, Pia)[1]; Dodson, J (Dodson, John)[1]; Li, XQ (Li, Xiaoqiang)[2]; Zhou, XY (Zhou, Xinying)[3]; Hu, SM (Hu, Songmei)[4]; Bertuch, F (Bertuch, Fiona)[1]; Sun, N (Sun, Nan)[3]
2011-07-30
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Volume38Issue:7Pages:1747-1753
Subtype期刊论文
Abstract

Dietary patterns at two Bronze Age sites in the Hexi Corridor are investigated by the analysis of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes in faunal bone collagen. The findings are compared with archaeobotanical remains from one of the sites which include high proportions of millet (Panicum miliaceum and Setaria italica) as well as the western derived cereals wheat (Triticum aestivum), barley (Hordeum vulgare) and oat (Avena sativa). The isotopic data indicate domestic omnivores (Canis and Sus) had diets dominated by millet. Minimally offset delta(15)N values between herbivore and omnivore fauna suggest low consumption of animal protein by omnivores. Diets of herded animal (Bos and Caprinae) included only low proportions of C4 foods, suggesting that these animals were not regularly foddered with millet plants, and that their grazing areas were mostly beyond the agricultural zone. The wide range in delta(15)N values amongst herbivore fauna (4.1 parts per thousand-11.8 parts per thousand) suggests grazing occurred in a variety of ecological zones, and this would be consistent with the occurrence of long-distance transport of livestock in the region.

KeywordPalaeodiet Isotope Millet Wheat Early agriculture Bronze Age Hexi Corridor
DOI10.1016/j.jas.2011.03.006
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Language英语
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Identifierhttp://ir.ieecas.cn/handle/361006/10329
Collection现代环境研究室
Corresponding AuthorAtahan, P (Atahan, Pia)[1]; Zhou, XY (Zhou, Xinying)[3]
Affiliation1.Institute for Environmental Research, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Locked Bag 2001, Kirrawee DC NSW 2232, Australia;
2.Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Science, 142 Xizhimenwai Street, Beijing 100044, China;
3.Institute for Earth Environments, Chinese Academy of Science, High Tech Zone, Xi’an, 710075 Shaanxi, China;
4.Shaanxi Archaeological Institute, Leyou Lu, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710054, China
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Atahan, P ,Dodson, J ,Li, XQ ,et al. Subsistence and the isotopic signature of herding in the Bronze Age Hexi Corridor, NW Gansu, China[J]. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE,2011,38(7):1747-1753.
APA Atahan, P .,Dodson, J .,Li, XQ .,Zhou, XY .,Hu, SM .,...&Sun, N .(2011).Subsistence and the isotopic signature of herding in the Bronze Age Hexi Corridor, NW Gansu, China.JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE,38(7),1747-1753.
MLA Atahan, P ,et al."Subsistence and the isotopic signature of herding in the Bronze Age Hexi Corridor, NW Gansu, China".JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE 38.7(2011):1747-1753.
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