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Paleoecology, Subsistence, and 14C Chronology of the Eurasian Caspian Steppe Bronze Age

N I Shishlina, E P Zazovskaya, J van der Plicht, R E M Hedges, V S Sevastyanov, O A Chicagova

Abstract


Combined analysis of paleoenvironment, 13C, 15N, and 14C in bone, including paired dating of human bone and terrestrial materials (herbivore bone, wood, charcoal, and textile) has been performed on many samples excavated from Russian kurgan graves. The data can be used for dietary reconstruction, and reservoir corrections for 14C dating of human bone. The latter is essential for an accurate construction of chronologies for the Eneolithic and Bronze Age cultures of the Caspian steppes.

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