Neolithic Human Diet Based on Studies of Coprolites from the Swifterbant Culture Sites, the Netherlands: Synthesis - Human versus community diet

L. Kubiak-Martens, M. van der Linden, K. Hardy, H. Mackay, D.J.M. Ngan-Tillard, L.- M. Shillito, J.T. Zeiler

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Abstract

The aim of this final chapter is to integrate the results obtained from the multi-disciplinary study applied to a series of coprolites from the Late Mesolithic and Early Neolithic Swifterbant Culture sites, to determine their role as a source of information about the prehistoric dietary tradition and health.
The study of coprolites provides a unique opportunity to reconstruct the most complete spectrum of the foods that were consumed in the past, both as cooked meals as well as foods that were eaten raw. In addition to the food remains, coprolites also contain intestinal parasites which affected the health of prehistoric populations. Coprolite studies can also provide information about palaeoenvironmental conditions through the types of microfossils and macrofossils they contain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeolithic Human Diet Based on Studies of Coprolites from the Swifterbant Culture Sites, the Netherlands
EditorsLucy Kubiak-Martens, Marjolein van der Linden
PublisherCultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands
Pages119-139
VolumeNAR077
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-76046-77-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameNederlandse Archeologische Rapporten
Number077

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