Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Tal Simmons
Dr. Bert de Vries
Dr. Robert Sundick
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The intent of this study is to learn about the dietary patterns of early fourth century occupants of a Late Antique site in northern Jordan. Bone samples of 107 individuals from two distinct cemetery· types, assumed to be status differentiated, were chemically examined for their trace element composition. Trace element analysis can potentially investigate groups of individuals to attempt to determine if gender, age, or status influenced access to food resources.
Statistical tests found that significant differences of trace element concentrations were evident in an inter-burial area study for all adults and subadults, and when examining intra-burial area males and females. No significant trace element levels were apparent when correlating age and diet or when attempting to establish weaning patterns for the site.
Shah, "Interpreting Diet by Age, Status, and Gender and Establishing Weaning Patterns Using Trace Element Analysis on Human Remains from Umm El-Jimal, Jordan" (1997). Master's Theses. 3944.