Diachronic dietary reconstructions in ancient Thebes, Greece: Results from stable isotope analyses

Efrossini Vika*

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Although isotopic applications in Greece are rapidly increasing, there is rarely the chance to investigate diet changes within a population over time. This is mainly because large burial grounds are seldom excavated systematically. Nonetheless, this study presents the isotopic results of human and animal bone samples from graves dating from 3000 to 300 BC, recovered in Thebes' extensive historic cemetery. The unique opportunity is provided to correlate dietary with historic changes, and observe whether sociocultural parameters affect dietary choices and how this presents isotopically. Results show significant temporal trends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1157-1163
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of archaeological science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


  • Ancient Thebes
  • Diachronic
  • Diet
  • Isotopes

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