Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 52, Issue 24, pp 3393–3396 | Cite as

Stable isotopic analysis on sus bones from the Wanfabozi site, Tonghua, Jilin

  • Guan Li 
  • Hu YaoWu Email author
  • Tang ZhuoWei 
  • Yang YiMin 
  • Dong Yu 
  • Cui YaPing 
  • Wang ChangSui 
Articles Geology


In order to study the sus diets and explore the possibility to distinguish domestic pig from wild boar through dietary analysis, stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes of 28 pig bones from archaeological site of Wanfabozi in Tonghua City, Jilin Province were analyzed. The δ 13C and δ 15N values of uncontaminated bones show that the overall pigs in the site were generally herbivores and ate mainly C3 plants. Significant difference of δ15N values was observed between wild boar and domestic pigs, which may result from the higher consumption of animal protein in domestic pigs other than from that in wild boar, possibly from human leftover or waste,. The dietary difference between wild boar and domestic pigs has great potential to differentiate wild boar and domestic pigs in the early stage of pig domestication.

Key words

origin of the domestic pigs palaeodietary analysis stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes differentiation of domestic pigs from wild boar 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guan Li 
    • 1
  • Hu YaoWu 
    • 2
    Email author
  • Tang ZhuoWei 
    • 3
  • Yang YiMin 
    • 2
  • Dong Yu 
    • 1
  • Cui YaPing 
    • 4
  • Wang ChangSui 
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of History of Science & Technology and ArchaeometryUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina
  2. 2.Department of Scientific History and Archaeometry; School of the HumanitiesGraduate University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Laboratory of Environment Archaeology, Research Center for Chinese Frontier ArchaeologyJilin UniversityChangchunChina
  4. 4.Museum of the West Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue KingGuangzhouChina

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