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Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 52, Issue 5, pp 660–664 | Cite as

Palaeodietary study of Sanxingcun Site, Jintan, Jiangsu

  • Hu YaoWu 
  • Wang GenFu 
  • Cui YaPing 
  • Dong Yu 
  • Guan Li 
  • Wang ChangSui 
Articles

Abstract

C and N stable isotope ratios of 19 human bones in Sanxingcun Site, Jintan, Jiangsu Province, were measured to explore the lifestyle and social economic structure. Although the bone collagen degraded to different extents, the atomic ratio of C/N was located in the range of 2.9–3.6, indicating that they were preserved very well. Average δ13C value (20.05±0.21‰), average δ 15N value (9.69±0.33‰) and poor positive correlation between each other suggested that rice agriculture was dominant with hunting-fishing supplemented in human lifestyle. Poor negative correlation between δ 15N values and C3 percentages of foods implied relative independence of rice agriculture and hunting-fishing. Compared to Hemudu Site and Qingpu Site, rice agriculture was developed further, but hunting-fishing decreased. The mode for people in Sanxingcun Site to get the meat was still in the initial exploitation.

Keywords

palaeodiet Yangtze River valley stable isotope analysis bone contamination rice agriculture hunting-fishing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hu YaoWu 
    • 1
  • Wang GenFu 
    • 2
  • Cui YaPing 
    • 3
  • Dong Yu 
    • 3
  • Guan Li 
    • 3
  • Wang ChangSui 
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Scientific History and ArchaeometryGraduate University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Cultural Relics and MuseologyNanjing Normal UniversityNanjingChina
  3. 3.Department of Scientific History and ArchaeometryUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina

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