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

Mulville, Jacqueline, Madgwick, Richard, Stevens, Rhiannon, O'Connell, Tamsin, Powell, Adrienne, Sharples, Niall MacPherson and Parker Pearson, Mike 2009. Isotopic analysis of faunal material from South Uist, Western Isles, Scotland. Journal of the North Atlantic , pp. 51-59. 10.3721/037.002.0106

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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 confirmed. 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
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: Eagle Hill Institute
ISSN: 1935-1933
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2020 13:49

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