Social differences in Neolithic/Bronze Age Myanmar: 87Sr/86Sr in skeletal remains from Oakaie 1 and Nyaung'gan

Bentley, R. Alexander, Willis, Anna, Pradier, Baptiste, Kyaw, Aung Aung, Win, Tin Tin, Brandon, Alan D., and Pryce, T.O. (2018) Social differences in Neolithic/Bronze Age Myanmar: 87Sr/86Sr in skeletal remains from Oakaie 1 and Nyaung'gan. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 21. 32 - 37.

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Abstract

Here we begin to investigate prehistoric kinship and social differentiation in ancient Myanmar, through analyses of strontium isotopes in human tooth samples from excavated skeletal remains of 18 individuals from the archaeological sites of Oakaie 1 and Nyaung'gan, in Sagaing Division, central Myanmar. The archaeological deposits at these sites span the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (approximately 12th to 8th c. BCE). These isotopic data are interpreted in association with bioarchaeological, material culture and stratigraphic data. These preliminary results suggest a differentiation in mean strontium signatures between the sites, which are <3 km apart, but with sex-based patterns within the sites. This indicates kinship was a strong organizing principle, with little long-distance migration, despite apparently considerable long-distance exchange networks active by the early Bronze Age in Myanmar.

Item ID: 55000
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2352-409X
Funders: University of Houston (UOH), French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Projects and Grants: UOH R110646
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2018 00:32
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 100%
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