Using Multiple Isotopic Analyses to Infer Population Mobility in Iron Age Britain

Author(s): Derek Hamilton; Kerry Sayle; Gordon Cook

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

This poster presents the ongoing results on isotopic research on Middle Iron Age (~400–200 cal BC) populations in Wessex and East Yorkshire. The multi-isotopic approach has been employed to infer population mobility for both the inhumed human population at a series of sites and the faunal assemblages from either the associated settlements or directly recovered from graves. A traditional 'population' approach allows us to investigate broad questions of human and animal movement, such as to what degree were livestock transported across the landscape? Additionally, a 'differential' approach (i.e. looking at the changes in the isotopic ratios in an individual through time) can help reconstruct the movements of individuals within the population and approach questions about individual mobility, social differentiation, and the treatment of the individual in death. The combination of these two approaches in a single research strategy, thus produces data at multiple scales that allow us to develop a robust narrative of the society.

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Using Multiple Isotopic Analyses to Infer Population Mobility in Iron Age Britain. Derek Hamilton, Kerry Sayle, Gordon Cook. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449503)

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Abstract Id(s): 24628