Potential applications of biomolecular archaeology to the ecohistory of sea turtles and groupers in Levant coastal antiquity

Rachel Winter, Willemien de Kock*, Per Palsboll, Canan Çakirlar

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Abstract

Humans have been exploiting marine resources along the Levantine coast for millennia. Advances in biomolecular archaeology present novel opportunities to understand the exploitation of these taxa in antiquity. We discuss the potential insights generated by applying collagen peptide fingerprinting, ancient DNA analysis, and stable isotope analysis to groupers (Serranidae) and sea turtles (Chelonia mydas and Caretta caretta) in the Levant. When combined with traditional zooarchaeological techniques, biomolecular archaeology offers utility to further investigate human impacts on marine ecosystems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102872
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2021

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