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9 March 2023 - 9 March 2023

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Professor Janet Montgomery will be presenting the research of a joint-project between Durham University and Trinity College Dublin, performed by Charlie Taverner, Darren Gröcke, Alice Rose and Susan M. Flavin.

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A Durham University student extracting collagen from a tooth in the isotope lab

Oxygen isotope analysis can be a huge benefit to archaeological research, revealing the migration patterns of past peoples by determining their location of origin based on the food and drink that they consumed in childhood. However, the consumption of beer may have caused variation in ingested water and food isotope values.

In many medieval societies, a lack of access to clean drinking water led to the consumption of beer from a young age, so isotope values may have been affected by this, especially if the grains and water for the beer were sourced from far away. This would thereby provide a false indication of an individual's place of origin and potentially indicate a migrant background where there is none.


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