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Changing Narratives of Diet and Society: using stable isotope analyses to investigate the Jomon-Yayoi cultural transition in western Japan

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Archaeological evidence suggests that the introduction of paddy field agriculture approximately 3000 years ago sparked a cultural transition throughout Japan. Many aspects of this transition from the Jomon to the Yayoi period are still under debate, including its impact on diet and society. However, to date, most researchers have focused on material culture. In this project, chemical analyses of human bone are used to directly investigate if and how diet changed over the Jomon-Yayoi transition in western Japan where paddy field agriculture was first introduced. This data is then combined with archaeological data to re-explore concepts of Yayoi society.

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