Offre de thèse : Migration, diet and health of the first permanent settlers of Belgium: an isotopic perspective (Ghent)

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The lifeways of modern humans as hunter-gatherers in between the final Palaeolithic (Late Glacial) and Mesolithic (Early Holocene) is a crucial phase for better understanding the permanent re-colonization of northern Europe after the last ice age. The Belgian middle-Meuse valley is an ideal region along the North Sea basin to study human displacements and adaptations during the final Paleolithic and Mesolithic, as there is a unique fossil assemblage within NW Europe (mainly dating back to the Mesolithic period). Little is known about these last hunter-gatherers: where they came from, who they were, and how they lived? For answering these questions, an inter- and multi- disciplinary research is crucial, and aimed at in the ROAM project. Within this specific research, the use of isotope ratios (such as δ13C, δ15N, δ34S and 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratio) are an interesting approach in this context for revealing new insights. Isotopic analysis of the light elements will be performed in the ISOFYS (head by Prof. Pascal Boeckx) and Sr isotopic analysis in the AM&S research group (head by Prof. dr. Frank Vanhaecke).

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