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Prehistoric cooking versus accurate palaeotemperature records in shell midden constituents

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, June 2017
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Title
Prehistoric cooking versus accurate palaeotemperature records in shell midden constituents
Published in
Scientific Reports, June 2017
DOI 10.1038/s41598-017-03715-8
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Peter Müller, Philip T. Staudigel, Sean T. Murray, Robert Vernet, Jean-Paul Barusseau, Hildegard Westphal, Peter K. Swart

Abstract

The reconstruction of pre-depositional cooking treatments used by prehistoric coastal populations for processing aquatic faunal resources is often difficult in archaeological shell midden assemblages. Besides limiting our knowledge of various social, cultural, economic and technological aspects of shell midden formation, unknown pre-depositional cooking techniques can also introduce large errors in palaeoclimate reconstructions as they can considerably alter the geochemical proxy signatures in calcareous skeletal structures such as bivalve shells or fish otoliths. Based on experimental and archaeological data, we show that carbonate clumped-isotope thermometry can be used to detect and reconstruct prehistoric processing methods in skeletal aragonite from archaeological shell midden assemblages. Given the temperature-dependent re-equilibration of clumped isotopes in aragonitic carbonates, this allows specific processing, cooking or trash dispersal strategies such as boiling, roasting, or burning to be differentiated. Besides permitting the detailed reconstruction of cultural or technological aspects of shell midden formation, this also allows erroneous palaeoclimate reconstructions to be avoided as all aragonitic shells subjected to pre-historic cooking methods show a clear alteration of their initial oxygen isotopic composition.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 1 2%
Unknown 42 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 33%
Student > Master 7 16%
Researcher 5 12%
Student > Bachelor 4 9%
Student > Postgraduate 2 5%
Other 9 21%
Unknown 2 5%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 13 30%
Social Sciences 9 21%
Environmental Science 6 14%
Arts and Humanities 4 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 5%
Other 4 9%
Unknown 5 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 60. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 December 2017.
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#236,617
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#2,956
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#11,474
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