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Multi-isotopic analysis of first Polynesian diet (Talasiu, Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga)

Herrscher, Estelle; Fenner, Jack; Valentin, Frederique; Clark, Geoffrey; Reepmeyer, Christian; Bouffandeau, Laurie; Andre, Guy


Both archaeological and isotopic data document dietary changes over the first five centuries of Western Pacific island settlement, a time period beginning with the Lapita expansion about 3000 years ago. This change is marked by a decrease in marine food intake and an increase in vegetal food intake occurring in the Late Lapita/immediately post-Lapita populations. The recent discovery of human burials at Talasiu (~2700–2600 cal. BP) in the Kingdom of Tonga opens new opportunities to assess this...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.01.012


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