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By Stanley H. Ambrose, M. Anne Katzenberg

The examine of human vitamin brings jointly researchers from assorted backgrounds starting from smooth human meals and biochemistry to the geochemistry of fossilized bones and the teeth. The contributions to this quantity develop out of the Fourth complicated Seminar on Paleodiet and supply a discussion board for students with universal pursuits to talk about the most recent advances and interpretations and chart destiny instructions for paleodietry examine.

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One hundred and thirty-two samples were analyzed for stable isotopes of nitrogen. The objectives of the carbon isotope analysis were: 1) to compare the historical information regarding the proportion of plants in the diet to the evidence from the skeletal remains, 2) to compare the values of foods to those of bone and determine the difference between diet and collagen, and 3) to see if there were changes in the consumption of plants over the time that the cemetery was in use. The first two questions are addressed in the following section.

Dr. Howard Yeager, Department of Chemistry, provided valuable advice and training in preparation of food samples for trace element analysis. Thanks also to Patrick Michael, Department of Geology, for assistance in sample preparation and analysis. Dr. Don McKay, Department of Medical Biochemistry, University of Calgary provided amino acid analyses. The Bradley House Museum in Clarkson, Ontario provided the iron cooking pot used to prepare the foods. This research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (#410-91-1408).

Carbon and nitrogen isotope values of human bone collagen at Maya sites in Belize. The value for the modern sample has been corrected for collagen-hair spacing and the Industrial Effect. Boxes represent isotopic means one standard deviation. 34 NIKOLAAS J. VAN DER MERWE ET AL a mostly Preclassic sample from Cahal Pech (White et al. 1996), and analyses of the Classic populations at Mojo Cay (Norr 1991), Baking Pot and Barton Ramie (Gerry 1993; 1997; Gerry and Krueger 1997). Some differences are apparent between these sites (the carbon isotope values for the Late/Terminal Classic at Lamanai are very negative), but the general trend is that of an intensification of maize consumption from the Preclassic through the Classic to Postclassic and Historic times.

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