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March 26, 2009

Greenlee publishes professional article

Diana Greenlee, Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor in the University of Louisiana at Monroe Department of Geosciences, recently had an article accepted for publication.

Greenlee, also station archaeologist at the Poverty Point State Historic Site, co-wrote "Dietary Change in Fijian Prehistory: Isotopic Analyses of Human and Animal Skeletal Material" with Julie S. Field and Ethan Edward Cochrane. The article will be published in the “Journal of Archaeological Science,” an international journal in archeology.

The research uses stable nitrogen and carbon isotopes in archaeological human and pig bone to document the varying contributions of terrestrial and marine resources to prehistoric diets through time and across different environments.

“Our results suggest that the extent to which human and pig diets relied on marine or terrestrial resources was largely a result of geography,” Greenlee concluded.

Individuals from the small island of Waya maintained a predominantly marine-based diet through time, whereas individuals from inland Viti Levu (the largest island) relied on terrestrial resources since at least 1500 BC.

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