Archaeology: Sharp shift in diet at onset of Neolithic

  title={Archaeology: Sharp shift in diet at onset of Neolithic},
  author={Michael P. Richards and Rick J. Schulting and Robert E. M. Hedges},
The introduction of domesticated plants and animals into Britain during the Neolithic cultural period between 5,200 and 4,500 years ago is viewed either as a rapid event or as a gradual process that lasted for more than a millennium. Here we measure stable carbon isotopes present in bone to investigate the dietary habits of Britons over the Neolithic period and the preceding 3,800 years (the Mesolithic period). We find that there was a rapid and complete change from a marine- to a terrestrial… 
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