Excavations between 1973 and 1984 at a multi-period open-air site on the island of Ostrovul Corbului in the Iron Gates reach of the Danube revealed 63 prehistoric burials, of which seven were thought by previous researchers to be either Mesolithic or Early Neolithic in date. This paper reviews the characteristics and chronological context of these burials. AMS 14C dates and stable C- and N-isotope values obtained for samples of bone collagen from four of the burials show they are all Mesolithic in date, with three burials belonging to the Middle Mesolithic and one to the Late Mesolithic. The stable isotope data reflect intensive use of aquatic resources, and confirm the dietary patterns observed among Mesolithic populations elsewhere in the Iron Gates.
|Title of host publication||Southeast Europe and Anatolia in Prehistory. Essays in Honor of Vassil Nikolov on his 65th Anniversary|
|Place of Publication||Bonn|
|Edition||Universitätsforschungen zur Prähistorischen Archäologie 293|
|ISBN (Print)||3774940665, 9783774940666|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|