Isotopic analysis of faunal material from South Uist, Western Isles, Scotland.

Mulville, J., Madgwick, R., Stevenson, R., O'Connell, T., Craig, O., Powell, A., Sharples, N. and Parker Pearson, M., 2009. Isotopic analysis of faunal material from South Uist, Western Isles, Scotland. Journal of the North Atlantic, 2, pp. 51-59.

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This paper reports on the results from stable isotope analysis of faunal bone collagen from a number of Iron Age and later sites on the island of South Uist, in the Western Isles, Scotland. This preliminary investigation into the isotopic signatures of the fauna is part of a larger project to model the interaction between humans, animals, and the broader environment in the Western Isles. The results demonstrate that the island fauna data fall within the range of expected results for the UK, with the terrestrial herbivorous diets of cattle and sheep confi rmed. The isotopic composition for pigs suggests that some of these animals had an omnivorous diet, whilst a single red deer value might be suggestive of the consumption of marine foods, such as by grazing on seaweed. However, further analysis is needed in order to verify this anomalous isotopic ratio.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:History > Archaeology
Science > Chemistry
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:18296
Deposited By:Dr Richard Madgwick LEFT
Deposited On:15 Jul 2011 11:45
Last Modified:10 Sep 2014 15:52

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