After the Earthquake: Dietary Resource Use During the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Periods at Helike, Greece

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    McConnan Borstad, Courtney A
  • After a devastating earthquake and tsunami destroyed the Classical city of ancient Helike in 373 BC, the surrounding coastal plain was resettled and was continuously inhabited from the Hellenistic to the Late Byzantine periods. Twenty-eight individuals associated with these post-earthquake periods were analyzed for their bone collagen stable carbon (∂13C) and nitrogen (∂15N) isotope values. The results suggest that diet at Helike was based mainly upon terrestrial C3 plants and animals, with evidence for varying amounts of marine resource use between the time periods. Temporal differences in the human stable isotope values are attributed to the seismic activity of the Helike region, which resulted in the emergence and disappearance of several lagoons during antiquity, including one that had formed directly as a result of the earthquake in 373 BC.

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    Fall 2013
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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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    • Garvie-Lok, Sandra (Anthropology)
    • Harrington, Lesley (Anthropology)
    • Haagsma, Margriet (History and Classics)