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Community Diversity at Ban Lum Khao, Thailand: Isotopic Evidence from the Skeletons

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Title: Community Diversity at Ban Lum Khao, Thailand: Isotopic Evidence from the Skeletons
Authors: Bentley, R. Alexander
Cox, Katherine
Tayles, Nancy
Higham, Charles
Macpherson, Colin
show 3 moreNowell, Geoff
Cooper, Matthew
Hayes, Tina E.F.

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Keywords: prehistoric kinship
strontium isotopes
oxygen isotopes
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Neolithic, Bronze Age
Southeast Asia

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LC Subject Headings: Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Series/Report no.: Volume 48
Number 1
Abstract: Isotopes of strontium, carbon, and oxygen were analyzed in human tooth enamel from the Bronze Age site of Ban Lum Khao (c. 1400 b.c.–500 b.c.) in Thailand. The strontium and oxygen isotopes, which generally reflect place of origin, delimit discrete groups among the individuals. Among the females, di¤erent groups determined through isotopic signatures were buried with distinctive pottery types. This suggests that social identity, drawn from village of origin, was conveyed by material culture, at least in burial. Although Ban Lum Khao was probably an egalitarian community, this isotopic and archaeological evidence suggests that di¤erent social identities were associated with place of childhood origin in this Bronze Age community.
Pages/Duration: 19 pages
ISSN: 0066-8435 (Print)
1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections:Asian Perspectives, 2009 - Volume 48, Number 1 (Spring)

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