Diet and Lifestyle in the First Villages of the Middle Preceramic: Insights from Stable Isotope and Osteological Analyses of Human Remains from Paloma, Chilca I, La Yerba III, and Morro I

  title={Diet and Lifestyle in the First Villages of the Middle Preceramic: Insights from Stable Isotope and Osteological Analyses of Human Remains from Paloma, Chilca I, La Yerba III, and Morro I},
  author={David G. Beresford-Jones and Emma Pomeroy and Camila Alday and Robert Alfred Benfer and Jeffrey Quilter and Tamsin C. O’Connell and Emma Lightfoot},
  journal={Latin American Antiquity},
  pages={741 - 759}
We present stable isotope and osteological data from human remains at Paloma, Chilca I, La Yerba III, and Morro I that offer new evidence for diet, lifestyle, and habitual mobility in the first villages that proliferated along the arid Pacific coast of South America (ca. 6000 cal BP). The data not only reaffirm the dietary primacy of marine protein for this period but also show evidence at Paloma of direct access interactions between the coast and highlands, as well as habitual mobility in some… 

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    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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