Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 235–241

Paleodietary analysis on the prehistoric population of El Hierro (Canary Islands)

  • Javier Velasco-Vázquez
  • Matilde Arnay-de-la-Rosa
  • Emilio González-Reimers
  • Oscar Hernández-Torres
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF02784443

Cite this article as:
Velasco-Vázquez, J., Arnay-de-la-Rosa, M., González-Reimers, E. et al. Biol Trace Elem Res (1997) 60: 235. doi:10.1007/BF02784443


In order to deepen our knowledge of the dietary habits of the prehispanic inhabitants of El Hierro, we have determined bone strontium (Sr), manganese (Mn), magnesium (Mg), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), and calcium (Ca) in 52 human tibiae (23 belonging to males and 20 to females individuals) buried in a single burial cave; in 21 modern individuals who served as controls; and in 11 bones of herbivores found at archeological sites of the Canary Islands. Results suggest that females consumed a more vegetarian diet, although site-corrected Sr/Ca ratio of both males and females speaks for a mixed-diet consumption.

Index Entries

Paleodietary trace elementspaleodietbone strontiumprehistoryCanary Islands

Copyright information

© Humana Press Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Velasco-Vázquez
    • 1
  • Matilde Arnay-de-la-Rosa
    • 2
  • Emilio González-Reimers
    • 3
  • Oscar Hernández-Torres
    • 4
  1. 1.Department de Ciencias HistóricasUniversidad de Las PalmasCanada
  2. 2.Department de Prehistoria, Antropología e Historia AntiguaUniversidad de La LagunaCanada
  3. 3.Department de Medicina InternaHospital Universitario de CanadasTenerife
  4. 4.Department de Química AnalíticaUniversidad de La LagunaCanada