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Meats and Greens in Prehistoric Meals: coprolites as novel dietary proxies in early agricultural societies

Project description

Dinner during the Neolithic Age

What were the eating habits of Neolithic people? How important were cereals for Neolithic subsistence and diet in Britain and China? How did this vary in different areas within these two regions? To answer these questions, the EU-funded MANGE project will look at dietary signals in human coprolites (fossilised faeces) to assess the relative contribution of animal and plant foods, and cereals compared to other types of plants. Specifically, the project will explore how the dietary profiles of coprolites differ from those reconstructed from other lines of evidence and investigate the relative importance of plant and animal products in Neolithic diets.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
North East (England) Northumberland and Tyne and Wear Tyneside