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

The abstract deadline is 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.


Best regards,


Christine Winter-Schuh

 (Institute for Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology, Kiel – [log in to unmask])


Rebekka Eckelmann

(Department of Cultures, Helsinki - [log in to unmask])

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