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Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Simpson, I. A.
Bol, R.
Bull, I. D.
Evershed, R. P.
Petzke, K. -J.
Dockrill, S. J.
Title: Interpreting early land management through compound specific stable isotope analyses of archaeological soils
Date: 1999
Source: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
Abstract: Compound specific stable isotope analyses of managed soils using isotope ratio mass spectrometry have been undertaken as a means of determining early land use practices. d 15N amino acid signals demonstrate differences between manured grassland, unmanured grassland and continuous cereal cultivation under long-term experimental land use control conditions, with d 15N in hydrophobic amino acids providing the most distinctive signals. Analysis of early modern/medieval and of Bronze age anthropogenic soils from Orkney demonstrates that such signals are retained in archaeological contexts. d 13C analyses of n- alkanoic acid components of the fossil, Bronze Age, anthropogenic soils suggest a major terrestrial input to these soils, with uniform composition of formation materials. Surficial soils demonstrate the assimilation of isotopically lighter carbon, providing a means of assessing the mobility of the n- alkanoic acids within soils and sediments.
Date Created: 8/10/2001
Volume: 13
Number: 13
Page Start: 1315
Page End: 1319