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Diet and health in Central-Southern Italy during the Roman Imperial time

Bondioli, Luca, Nava, Alessia, Rossi, Paola Francesca, Sperduti, Alessandra (2016) Diet and health in Central-Southern Italy during the Roman Imperial time. ACTA IMEKO, 5 (2). pp. 19-25. ISSN 2221-870X. (doi:10.21014/acta_imeko.v5i2.333) (KAR id:82957)


The reconstruction of ancient diets by means of stable isotopes analysis acquires a deeper meaning when their results are compared with other odonto‐skeletal indicators which are strongly contextualized in the light of historical and archaeological evidence. Nevertheless, the outcomes can be contradictory or, more realistically, they may not completely satisfy our hypotheses on how

complex and diverse conditions ‐ such as health status, life style, diet and nutrition ‐ can actually interrelate in the life course of an individual.

In this study we present and discuss evidences from Isola Sacra and Velia, two Roman Imperial Age coastal towns. The δ15N and δ13C values are compared with demographic and health status parameters, such as age, sex, stature, auricular exostoses, DISH, cribra orbitalia, enamel defects.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.21014/acta_imeko.v5i2.333
Uncontrolled keywords: Roman imperial time; diet and health; Carbon and Nitrogen isotopes
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DE The Greco-Roman World
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Funders: [37325] UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Alessia Nava
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2020 15:28 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 15:58 UTC
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