Diet reconstruction with stable isotopes is used to understand past foodways, identities, health and physiology. Traditional isotopic analyses are ethically problematic because they require destructive sampling of human skeletons. Dental calculus (calcified dental plaque) accumulates on the surfaces of teeth, and is bacterial – not human – in origin. We present new methodologies for calculus isotopic analysis, and discuss its advantages as an ethically-compliant alternative to skeletal analyses.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 75th Annual Meeting|
|State||Published - 2018|