Potential applications of biomolecular archaeology to the ecohistory of sea turtles and groupers in Levant coastal antiquity

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2021
Date published: 04/2021
Authors: Rachel Winter, Willemien de Kock, Per Palsbøll, Canan Çakirlar
Journal title: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume: 36
Pages: 102872
ISSN: 2352409X

Humans have been exploiting marine resources along the Levantine coast for millennia. Advances in biomolecular archaeology present novel opportunities to understand the exploitation of these taxa in antiquity. We discuss the potential insights generated by applying collagen peptide fingerprinting, ancient DNA analysis, and stable isotope analysis to groupers (Serranidae) and sea turtles (Chelonia mydas and Caretta caretta) in the Levant. When combined with traditional zooarchaeological techniques, biomolecular archaeology offers utility to further investigate human impacts on marine ecosystems.

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