A preliminary assessment of ancient diet and mobility in Archaic period Asia minor: A view from Panormos, near Didyma

David Meiggs*, Anja Slawisch, Toby Wilkinson

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The Archaic Period in the Aegean marks the establishment of colonies and settlements in the larger Mediterranean and Black Sea. But little is known of the character of any demic expansion and the character of daily life for non-elites. We report first results of stable carbon and oxygen isotope ratios in tooth enamel from thirteen individuals buried in an Archaic Period necropolis located in western Turkey. We also measured multiple teeth in three individuals, which allow us to consider life events during childhood. Results indicate greater dietary diversity than has been observed in other palaeodiet studies in the region. From a wide range of oxygen values, including individual inter-tooth variation, we suggest that some of the individuals buried at Panormos may have spent some time during childhood outside the Aegean climatic zone, including the Black Sea and the interior of Asia Minor.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104169
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume51
Early online date14 Aug 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

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