Reconstructing Individual Life Histories in Early Medieval Italy through Serial Analysis and Compositional Analysis of Bones and Teeth
This contribution aims at gaining on the life history of individuals buried in northeastern Italy between the fifth and the seventh centuries AD. Elemental analysis of human and animal remains provides data on the evolution of diet and mobility at a time of significant social changes. Our research strategy, based on a preliminary histological study on teeth and bones and on serial sampling, gives us the opportunity to observe these variations at the level of the individual. Thus, this research provides us with some new insights on the consequences of the fall of the Roman Empire by revealing the living conditions of the inhabitants of the Po Valley during the formative period of the Langobard, Venetian and Byzantine Empires of Italy.
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Reconstructing Individual Life Histories in Early Medieval Italy through Serial Analysis and Compositional Analysis of Bones and Teeth. Aurelien Tafani, Andrea Vianello, Robert H. Tykot, Emanuela Gualdi. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443343)
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Abstract Id(s): 22642