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Diet-derived variations in radiocarbon and stable isotopes: a case study from Shag River Mouth, New Zealand

Higham, Thomas F. G.; Anderson, Atholl; Ramsey, Christopher Bronk; Tompkins, Christine


Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) determinations of rat bones from natural and cultural sites in New Zealand have produced ages at odds with the accepted date for early human settlement by over 1000 yr. Since rats are a human commensal, this implies either an earlier visitation by people or problems with the reliability of the AMS determinations. One explanation for the extreme ages is dietary variation involving movement of depleted radiocarbon through dietary food chains to rats. To...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Radiocarbon


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