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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

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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]

dc.contributor.authorHerrscher, Estelle
dc.contributor.authorFenner, Jack
dc.contributor.authorValentin, Frederique
dc.contributor.authorClark, Geoffrey
dc.contributor.authorReepmeyer, Christian
dc.contributor.authorBouffandeau, Laurie
dc.contributor.authorAndre, Guy
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-17T23:09:21Z
dc.identifier.issn2352-409X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/227254
dc.description.abstractBoth 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 matter. We characterize the nature of the food items consumed by the Talasiu humans (n=21) using collagen and apatite carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios. We conducted an intra-Pacific comparison to examine the use of marine resources and the contribution of horticultural products and to look at the homogeneity of dietary practices within the Tongan group. Isotope results indicate a mixed diet of terrestrial and marine resources including a differential contribution of more specific marine foods (e.g., non-reef fish/inshore fish and shellfish). The Talasiu dietary pattern appears closer to that of the early Lapita population of Teouma than to other Late Lapita populations suggesting a different pattern of dietary change at the eastern end of the Lapita distribution. The slower rate of change may be due to the small size of both the island and the population, and also the additional potential role of social or cultural factors.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research including archaeological excavation and isotopic analysis was funded by the MAEDI and CNRS allocated to Frederique Valentin and an Australian Research Council grant to Geoffrey Clark (FT0990591).
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.rights© 2018 Elsevier Ltd.
dc.sourceJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
dc.subjectPacific
dc.subjectLapita
dc.subjectDiet
dc.subjectStable isotopes
dc.subjectCollagen
dc.subjectApatite
dc.titleMulti-isotopic analysis of first Polynesian diet (Talasiu, Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga)
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume18
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-01-07
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor210102 - Archaeological Science
local.identifier.absfor210106 - Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl. New Zealand)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5582616xPUB13
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHerrscher, Estelle, CNRS
local.contributor.affiliationFenner, Jack, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationValentin, Frederique, CNRS
local.contributor.affiliationClark, Geoffrey, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationReepmeyer, Christian, James Cook University
local.contributor.affiliationBouffandeau, Laurie, Université de Polynésie Française
local.contributor.affiliationAndre, Guy, Aix Marseille Univ
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT0990591
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage308
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage317
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.01.012
local.identifier.absseo970121 - Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T11:48:37Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85041604395
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