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Talk: Thursday 24 November 2016, 7.30 pm at the Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College.

Did Neolithic people really hate fish? Stories from the world of palaeodietary analysis by Tamsin O’Connell

Doors open 7.15 pm; meeting begins 7.30 pm

Tamsin O’Connell started academic life as a chemist at the University of Oxford. The lure of applied science led her to archaeology, working with Prof Robert Hedges at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art in Oxford. She joined the Department in Cambridge in 2004 to set up an isotope and palaeodiet laboratory, now called the Dorothy Garrod Laboratory.

The reconstruction of human diet in prehistory tells us much more than just the foods consumed by past populations, since diet reflects the interaction between economy, environment and food production. One of the best ways to analyse past human food consumption is through the measurement of stable isotope ratios of human remains. Based on the clichéd but true principle that ‘You are what you eat’, the technique is now widely used in archaeology, as well as other research fields inThis talk will describe the contribution that isotopic analyses have made to the study of palaeodiet, from the Palaeolithic to the recent past.

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