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Children and Childhood in Bioarchaeology$
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Patrick Beauchesne and Sabrina C. Agarwal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056807

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056807.001.0001

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Dietary Histories

Dietary Histories

Tracing Food Consumption Practices from Childhood through Adulthood Using Stable Isotope Analysis

(p.262) 8 Dietary Histories
Children and Childhood in Bioarchaeology

Melanie J. Miller

Sabrina C. Agarwal

Carl H. Langebaek

University Press of Florida

Chapter 8 reviews some of the stable isotope analysis studies of human skeletal remains that have taken a life course approach to understand childhood dietary practices in relation to adult dietary practices and concludes with a bioarchaeological case study from the Muisca of northern South America, in present-day Colombia. Archaeological dietary studies continue to contribute new understandings to human food practices and the layers of biological and social meaning that accompany that information, including evidence of the role of food in the socialization of children, gendered food differentiation, and the social relationships that become evidenced through repetitive food consumption practices. For dietary studies, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur stable isotope analyses are used.

Keywords:   Life Course, Stable isotope analysis, Carbon, Nitrogen, Human food practices, Gendered food differentiation, Muisca, Colombia

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