The study of human diet brings together researchers from diverse backgrounds ranging from modern human nutrition and biochemistry to the geochemistry of fossilized bones and teeth. The contributions to this volume grow out of the Fourth Advanced Seminar on Paleodiet and provide a forum for scholars with common interests to discuss the latest advances and interpretations and chart future directions for paleodietry research.
Table of Contents1. Bone Chemistry, Food and History: A Case Study from 19th Century Upper Canada; M.A. Katzenberg, et al. 2. Diet and Animal Husbandry of the Preclassic Maya at Cuello, Belize: Isotopic and Zooarchaeological Evidence; N.J. van der Merwe, et al. 3. An overview of Causes for Stable Isotopic Variations in Past European Human Populations: Environmental, Ecophysiological, and Cultural Effects; G.J. van Klinken, et al. 4. Preservation of Isotopic Signals (13C, 15N) in Pleistocene Mammals; H. Bocherens. 5. Preservation of Biogenic Carbon Isotopic Signals in Plio-Pleistocene Bone and Tooth Mineral; J.A. Lee-Thorp. 6. Tooth Oxygen Isotope Ratios As Paleoclimate Monitors In Arid Ecosystems; M.J. Schoeninger, et al. 7. Quantifying Histological and Chemical Preservation in Archaeological Bone; S. Pfeiffer, T.L. Varney. 8. The Use and Abuse of Trace Elements for Paleodietary Research; J.H. Burton, T.D. Price. 9. Modeling Protein Diagenesis in Ancient Bone: Towards a Validation of Stable Isotope Data; G. Grupe, et al. 10. Some Biochemical Aspects of Carbon Isotopic Paleodiet Studies; H.P. Schwarcz. 11. 'Consider a Spherical Cow...' - on Modeling and Diet; R.E.M. Hedges, G.J. van Klinken. 12. Controlled Diet and Climate Experiments on Nitrogen Isotope Ratios of Rats; S.H. Ambrose. About the Editors. Index.