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Application of 34S analysis for elucidating terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems: evidence of animal movement/husbandry practices in an early Viking community around Lake Mývatn, Iceland

Sayle, Kerry L.; Cook, Gordon T.; Ascough, Philippa L.; Hastie, Helen; Einarsson, Árni; McGovern, Thomas H.; Hicks, Megan T.; Edwald, Ágústa; Friðriksson, Adolf;
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  • Published: 01 Nov 2013
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Country: India
Abstract
Carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios (δ<sup>13</sup>C and δ<sup>15</sup>N) have been used widely in archaeology to investigate palaeodiet. Sulphur stable isotope ratios (δ<sup>34</sup>S) have shown great promise in this regard but the potential of this technique within archaeological science has yet to be fully explored. Here we report δ<sup>34</sup>S, δ<sup>13</sup>C and δ<sup>15</sup>N values for 129 samples of animal bone collagen from Skútustaðir, an early Viking age (landnám) settlement in north-east Iceland. This dataset represents the most comprehensive study to date of its kind ...
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