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Dear all,

we would like to invite you to submit an abstract for our session #456 
*"From Contemporary Knowns to Past Unknowns - Unlocking Ancient 
Human-Environment Interconnections via Modern Isotopic Records"* at the 
Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologist (EAA) in 
Kiel, Germany from 8-11 September 2021.

Submissions can be made at *https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA2021/Home/EAA2021/* 
<https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA2021/Home/EAA2021/>

The abstract deadlineis February 11.

*Session Content:*

Isotopic analyses of ancient human and faunal skeletal remains have 
flourished over the past decade, providing new insights into how people 
(and animals) moved across the landscape, exploited food resources, and 
interacted with new environments and changing climates. However, the 
interpretation of stable and radiogenic isotopic data gleaned from 
ancient remains relies on an established understanding of the mechanics 
that drive isotopic variation in water, soil, plant, and animal 
communities demonstrated in diverse ecological settings, metabolic and 
physiological conditions, and sample materials. This session aims to 
bring together isotope practitioners that explore how isotopic data from 
modern contexts with known/controlled conditions can help to better 
understand mobility, dietary intake as well as animal and agricultural 
management practices in the past.

More specifically this could include the following topics, but is not 
limited to:
- nitrogen and carbon isotopic studies of modern plant and soil systems 
to better understand environmental and cultural variables such as 
manuring, tillage, cultivation, grazing, foddering, stocking rate;
- multi-isotopic studies of modern faunal materials with known history 
and their diet to better understand the effect of animal physiology and 
diet-tissue isotopic fractionation;
- multi-isotopic studies of modern environmental samples to create local 
and regional isoscapes to better understand the spatial distribution of 
isotopes and their relevance for humans and animals in the past.

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Best regards,

Christine Winter-Schuh

(Institute for Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology, Kiel – 
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Rebekka Eckelmann

(Department of Cultures, Helsinki - [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)

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Dr. Christine Winter-Schuh
Wiss. Mitarbeiterin, Archäozoologie und Isotopenforschung
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte
Johanna-Mestorf-Str. 2-6
24118 Kiel