FOCUS: Gough's Cave and Sun Hole Cave Human Stable Isotope Values Indicate a High Animal Protein Diet in the British Upper Palaeolithic


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FOCUS: Gough's Cave and Sun Hole Cave Human Stable Isotope Values Indicate a High Animal Protein Diet in the British Upper Palaeolithic
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Journal of Archaeological Science
Richards, M. P.
Hedges, R. E. M.
Jacobi, R.
Currrent, A.
Stringer, C.
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Paleodiet, Upper Paleolithic, Stable Isotopes, Carbon, Nitrogen, Gough's Cave ( local )
serial ( sobekcm )


We undertook stable isotope analysis of Upper Palaeolithic humans and fauna from the sites of Gough's Cave and Sun Hole Cave, Somerset, U.K., for palaeodietary reconstruction. We were testing the hypothesis that these humans had a mainly hunting economy, and therefore a diet high in animal protein. We found this to be the case, and by comparing the human δ15N values with those of contemporary fauna, we conclude that the protein sources in human diets at these sites came mainly from herbivores such as Bos sp. and Cervus elaphus. There are a large number ofEquus sp. faunal remains from this site, but this species was not a significant food resource in the diets of these Upper Palaeolithic humans.
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Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol. 27, no. 1 (2000-01-01).

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