Explaining Isotopic Variability among the Hunter-Fisher-Gatherers of Lake Baikal


Lake Baikal is unique in continental northern Eurasia for the size of its large hunter-gatherer cemeteries with good preservation of human bone. Many hundreds of stable carbon and nitrogen measurements are available on human bone collagen, made over the last two decades. The isotope ecology of Lake Baikal is very complex and highly variable, showing one of the largest ranges of δ13C values in the world. Thus, it is not surprising that the human results show considerable variation. This contribution attempts to account for this variation, exploring factors including location, date, individual mobility and within-group differential access to aquatic resources. A model is proposed linking the complexity of the local/regional isotope ecology with the standardised range of variability observed in human datasets.

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Explaining Isotopic Variability among the Hunter-Fisher-Gatherers of Lake Baikal. Rick J. Schulting, J. Alyssa White, Andrzej Weber. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430729)


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): 16680