Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 59, Issue 1–3, pp 207–213

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

  • J. Velasco-V⟹quez
  • M. Armay-de-la-Rosa
  • E. González-Reimers
  • O. Hernández-Torres
Original Articles

Abstract

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 male and 20 to female 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 elements paleodiet bone strontium prehistory Canary Islands 

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© Humana Press Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Velasco-V⟹quez
    • 1
  • M. Armay-de-la-Rosa
    • 2
  • E. González-Reimers
    • 3
  • O. Hernández-Torres
    • 4
  1. 1.Department de Ciencias HistóricasUniversidad de Las PalmasCanada
  2. 2.Department de Prehistoria, Antropología e Historia Antiguaüniversidad de La LaganaCanada
  3. 3.Department de Medicina InternaHospital Universitario de CanariasTenerife
  4. 4.Department de Química Analíticaüniversidad de la LaganaCanada

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