Ancient Residues Indicate Prehistoric Subsistence and Culinary Practices in the Korean Peninsula during the Middle Holocene
Author(s): Seungki Kwak
This study attempts to understand ancient human subsistence using isotope analysis on the organic residues extracted from the archaeological potsherds collected from prehistoric coastal shell midden sites in the southern part of the Korean peninsula. In Korean archaeology, shell middens are useful for isotope analysis because they provide suitable condition in terms of organic preservation. To date, the subsistence of these prehistoric coastal and island dwellers remains poorly known. However, this may be addressed through the study of ceramic containers, which were often used for culinary practices, by extracting organic residues of the foodstuffs that remain on the interior wall or inside of the clay matrix. Carbon isotope analysis on those residues provides an opportunity to understand ancient human subsistence strategies in the region.
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Ancient Residues Indicate Prehistoric Subsistence and Culinary Practices in the Korean Peninsula during the Middle Holocene. Seungki Kwak. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431690)
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Abstract Id(s): 15759