Bioarchaeology of the Near East, 6:53-59 (2012)
Technical Note: Light stable isotope analysis
of human remains from Nemrik 9, Iraq
School of Applied Sciences, Bournemouth University,
Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB, United Kingdom
Abstract: Human remains from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A are rare and therefore present
a precious source for elucidating human lifestyle during a crucial period of subsistence transition. Human bone samples from Nemrik 9, Iraq, were analysed to test their suitability
for light stable isotope analysis from collagen. None of the samples yielded signatures that
conform to the agreed international standards of quality control applied to the analysis of
carbon and nitrogen isotopic ratios. The results are discussed in the context of comparable
studies from the Near and Middle East considering the thermal and depositional history
at the Nemrik site.
Key words: stable isotopes; human remains; Nemrik; Iraq; PPNA
Received 19 December 2012; accepted 17 January 2013; published online 30 January 2013.
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