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Isotopic Investigations of Pastoralism in Prehistory


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Editors: Alicia R. Ventresca Miller and Cheryl Makarewicz; Chapter 1: Isotopic Approaches to Pastoralism in Prehistory: Diet, Mobility, and Isotopic Reference Sets; Chapter 2: Understanding ephemeral pastoralist settlement sites in eastern Africa: the potential of isotopes in cattle tooth enamel; Chapter 3: Investigating seasonal changes of cattle diet in terrestrial C3 biomes through the isotopic analysis of serially sampled tooth enamel; Chapter 4: Modeling modern surface water delta18O to explore prehistoric human mobility; Chapter 5: Modeling delta18O variation in seasonal montane environments: Implications for isolating vertical transhumance in ungulate enamel bioapatite; Chapter 6: The Pixelated Shepherd: Identifying detailed local land use practices at Chalcolithic Kosk Hoyuk, central Anatolia, using a strontium isotope (87Sr/86Sr) 'isoscape'; Chapter 7: Tracing Late Bronze Age Pastoralists in the South Caucasus: A preliminary zooarchaeological and isotopic investigation from the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Armenia; Chapter 8: Carbon and nitrogen isotopic evidence for sheep and goat pastoral management practices at Chalcolithic Kosk Hoyuk, Central Turkey; Chapter 9: Economic strategies at Bronze Age and Early Iron Age upland sites in the North Caucasus: Archaeological and stable isotope investigations; Chapter 10: Stable isotopes in pastoralist archaeology as indicators of diet, mobility and animal husbandry practices.

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Alicia R. Ventresca Miller is a bioarchaeologist and stable isotope analyst at the Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel. Her research highlights connections between human societies and environments, with an emphasis on food consumption and production, tracking human mobility, and investigating livestock circulation and movement across the grasslands of Eurasia. Cheryl A. Makarewicz is a Professor of Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Zooarchaeology at the Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel. Her research examines animal domestication processes in the Near East, the spread of pastoralism across Eurasia, and the role of the human-animal relationship in structuring socio-political interactions in pastoralist societies.

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