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18O analysis of Littorina littorea shells from Ferriter¹s Cove, Dingle Peninsula: preliminary results and interpretations

Kimball, Michael J, and Showers, William and McCartan, Sinead and Genna, Bernard J. (2009) 18O analysis of Littorina littorea shells from Ferriter¹s Cove, Dingle Peninsula: preliminary results and interpretations. In: From Bann Flakes to Bushmills. unknown.

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Abstract

Seasonality studies can facilitate identifi cation of variability in the purposes for which Mesolithic sites were occupied and relations among forager mobility, economy, and society. Analyses of fi sh remains at the site of Ferriter’s Cove have produced evidence for occupation during the summer half of the year. Our study – an oxygen isotope analysis of seven Littorina littorea (periwinkle) shells from a pit feature (F488; c. 5200–5350 BP) at Ferriter’s Cove – complicates this pattern by introducing preliminary evidence for occupation during the winter half of the year as well. These results, when corroborated by further research, will inform the development of explanatory models for Later Mesolithic settlement and mobility and, because of F488’s late date, those for social change during the last quarter of the Later Mesolithic and the transition to Ireland’s Neolithic.

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Chemistry
Earth Sciences
Archaeology
ID Code:315
Deposited By:Anabelle Guillory
Deposited On:22 Jun 2009 15:15
Last Modified:22 Jun 2009 15:15

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