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Migration and Viking Dublin: paleomobility and paleodiet through isotopic analyses

Kelly J. Knudson, Barra O’Donnabhain, Charisse Carver, Robin Cleland, T. Douglas Price

Journal of Archaeological Science (2012)

During the early medieval period in Ireland, Dublin was established as the largest Viking settlement onthe island in the ninth century AD. A previous biodistance study has suggested that the population of thetown consisted of a polyethnic amalgam of immigrant and indigenous. In this study, we use biogeo-chemistry to investigate paleomobility and paleodiet in archeological human remains from the ninth toeleventh century levels at the sites at Fishamble Street II (National Museum of Ireland excavation numberE172), Fishamble Street III (E190) and John’s Lane (E173), as well as twelfth-century remains from WoodQuay (E132). Through radiogenic strontium isotope, stable oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen isotope, andelemental concentration analyses, we investigate the origins of the individuals who lived and died inearly and late Viking Dublin.

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