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H 245 x W 174 mm

256 pages

112 Figures, 7 Tables (colour throughout)

Published Jul 2023

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803274935

Digital: 9781803274942

DOI 10.32028/9781803274935

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Archaeology; Prehistory; Dental Anthropology; Biological Anthropology; Sequential Dentine Microsampling; Hunter-Gatherers; Middle Holocene; Siberia

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This volume analyses the dietary life histories of prehistoric hunter-gatherers from six cemeteries in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia, Russia. The overarching goal was to better understand how they lived by examining what they ate, how they utilized the landscape, and how this changed over time.



List of Figures and Tables ;

Preface ;

Chapter 1: Introduction ;

Chapter 2: Geographic and archaeological background ;

Chapter 3: Stable isotope analysis for dietary reconstruction ;

Chapter 4: Tooth formation ;

Chapter 5: Materials and Methods ;

Chapter 6: Dietary life-histories in the Upper Lena ;

Chapter 7: Dietary life-histories in the Angara ;

Chapter 8: Dietary life-histories in the Little Sea ;

Chapter 9: Discussion ;

Chapter 10: Conclusions ;

Appendix A: Images of the molar occlusal surfaces ;

Appendix B: Molar wear assessment of all 49 Cis-Baikal individuals ;

Appendix C: Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope values for all micro-samples ;


About the Author

Victoria van der Haas holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Alberta, where she studied the life histories of prehistoric hunter-gatherers from the Lake Baikal region in Siberia, Russia. She gained her MA in Palaeolithic Archaeology from Leiden University, where she focused on dating the layer in which Indonesia’s famous Pithecanthropus erectus fossil was found in 1891. Her research interests and expertise centre on biological anthropology, archaeological heritage management, and prehistoric archaeology. Victoria has excavated in many places around the world, such as the Netherlands, France, and Japan.