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New information on Melides stable isotopes

  • Mary Jackes (a1) and David Lubell (a1)

In 1994 we published the unexpected result of an extreme Mesolithic stable isotope signal from a Neolithic context (Lubell et al. 1994; Table 1). The sample, identified as Gruta de Lagar I, was from one of two caves at the site of Melides, near the Atlantic coast of Portugal between Sines and Setúbal. A sample from the second cave at Melides, Cerca do Zambujal, gave results consonant with our Neolithic samples from north of the Tagus River. Lagar I, on the other hand, had stable isotope values similar to Cabeço da Arruda N, a Late Mesolithic individual from the Muge Valley to the north-east of Melides.

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Hillier, M.L., Boaventura, R., Jackes, M.K. & Richards, M.. 2008a. Stable isotope analysis and the investigation of marine resource exploitation and social complexity in Neolithic Portugal. Paper presented at the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology 36th annual meeting, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 5–8 November 2008.
Hillier, M.L., Jackes, M.K., Umbelino, C. & Richards, M.. 2008b. Stable isotope analysis of Mesolithic and Neolithic subsistence strategies in southern Portugal. Paper presented at the Third International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology, University of York, 14–16 September 2008.
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