Diet and Mobility in Roman and Byzantine Turkey


Isotope analyses (C, N, Sr) have been conducted on human skeletal remains (n=150) from the Roman and Byzantine periods (ca. 133 BC – ca. 1453) from the sites of Hierapolis and Ephesos (Turkey) to characterize and compare their diet and mobility. In addition we undertook a large-scale strontium isotope-mapping project in the region, modern plant and snail samples are also used to characterize the local bioavailable strontium values in southwestern Turkey. Hierapolis and Ephesos were both major centres of spiritual and commercial activities during the Roman and Byzantine periods, and were important pilgrimage sites. This study has allowed us to be able to explore the diet and mobility patterns of residents of these sites, and also to look for isotope evidence of migrants and pilgrims. This large-scale study is on-going and here we will present the initial results.

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Diet and Mobility in Roman and Byzantine Turkey. Megan Wong, Martin Steskal, Elise Naumann, Johann Rasmus Brandt, Michael Richards. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430555)

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Diet Isotopes Mobility

Geographic Keywords
West Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 25.225; min lat: 15.115 ; max long: 66.709; max lat: 45.583 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 15601