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For this episode, Dr. Chris Stantis (University of Bournemouth) talks to us about her work using isotopic analyses to understand how people lived, moved and ate in the past. This is because stable isotope data can indicate for us clues about the environment surrounding ancient humans and what they were doing.
Currently, Chris is working on analyzing an Egyptian burial assemblage known as the Hyksos Dynasty who ruled c. 1638 –1530 BCE in the Second Intermediate Period. How can strontium and oxygen isotope ratios help us understand who was living at the site of Tell el-Dab’a and where they came from? How much tooth or bone is needed for isotopic analyses and how long does that process take? What are Chris' favorite aspects and biggest challenges of doing this scientific research and where are these investigations going next?
You can find more information in the show notes under the episode on our website.
If you have feedback or questions for Chris, you can find her on Twitter or her university department page. You can also read up about one of her recent articles on The Conversation looking into breastfeeding practices in the Near East during the Bronze Age.
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