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Isotopic evidence for diet and mobility during the Neolithic transition to farming in the Near East

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Project "ISONEO" data sheet

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Organization address
city: DURHAM
postcode: DH1 3LE

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2019-10-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM UK (DURHAM) coordinator 195˙454.00


 Project objective

The Neolithic transition represents perhaps the most significant development in human history. In Europe the ‘Neolithic package’ arrived as a whole, and has been studied in detail using isotopic and genetic methods, but few isotopic studies have addressed the earlier and more complex transition in the Near East. Thus currently we know little about the changes in diet and mobility of individuals and cannot compare this crucial region to the later transition in Europe or to parallel transitions elsewhere. ISONEO will investigate the composition of diet in selected Neolithic populations of the Near East using carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis. Using strontium and oxygen isotopes in human tooth enamel ISONEO will explore the importance of migration in creating and sustaining the population of Pre-Pottery Neolithic B megasites and in the lifeways of the desert populations of the Pottery Neolithic and Chalcolithic in Jordan, Israel, and NW Saudi Arabia. The main sites used will be ’Ain Ghazal, Basta, Ba’ja, Kharaysin, Mallaha, Beisamoun, and Shubayqa. The results will be used to build a regional model of the diet, mobility and social changes that took place during the Neolithic transition in the Near East in a holistic synthesis with previous research based on traditional archaeological evidence including archaeobotany and archaeozoology. The Experienced Researcher, Dr Jonathan Santana will be supervised and trained by Dr Andrew Millard. Within the research intensive context of the Department of Archaeology at Durham he will enhance and expand his existing research skills, knowledge of practical techniques, and theoretical knowledge. He will be trained in stable isotope analysis and the interpretation of isotopic data, which will enable him to undertake the research for ISONEO. These new competencies will enhance his skills in scientific methods and critical thinking applied to archaeology and will increase his prospects for obtaining a permanent academic position.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 E. Iriarte, J. García-Tojal, J. Santana, S.E. Jorge-Villar, L. Teira, J. Muñiz, J.J. Ibañez
Geochemical and spectroscopic approach to the characterization of earliest cremated human bones from the Levant (PPNB of Kharaysin, Jordan)
published pages: 102211, ISSN: 2352-409X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102211
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 30 2020-03-11
2019 Jonathan Santana, Francisco Javier Rodríguez‐Santos, María Dolores Camalich‐Massieu, Dimas Martín‐Socas, Rosa Fregel
Aggressive or funerary cannibalism? Skull‐cup and human bone manipulation in Cueva de El Toro (Early Neolithic, southern Iberia)
published pages: 31-54, ISSN: 0002-9483, DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23805
American Journal of Physical Anthropology 169/1 2020-03-11
2019 Rosa Fregel, Alejandra C. Ordóñez, Jonathan Santana-Cabrera, Vicente M. Cabrera, Javier Velasco-Vázquez, Verónica Alberto, Marco A. Moreno-Benítez, Teresa Delgado-Darias, Amelia Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Juan C. Hernández, Jorge Pais, Rafaela González-Montelongo, José M. Lorenzo-Salazar, Carlos Flores, M. Carmen Cruz-de-Mercadal, Nuria Álvarez-Rodríguez, Beth Shapiro, Matilde Arnay, Carlos
Mitogenomes illuminate the origin and migration patterns of the indigenous people of the Canary Islands
published pages: e0209125, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0209125
PLOS ONE 14/3 2020-03-11
2018 Rosa Fregel, Fernando L. Méndez, Youssef Bokbot, Dimas Martín-Socas, María D. Camalich-Massieu, Jonathan Santana, Jacob Morales, María C. Ávila-Arcos, Peter A. Underhill, Beth Shapiro, Genevieve Wojcik, Morten Rasmussen, André E. R. Soares, Joshua Kapp, Alexandra Sockell, Francisco J. Rodríguez-Santos, Abdeslam Mikdad, Aioze Trujillo-Mederos, Carlos D. Bustamante
Ancient genomes from North Africa evidence prehistoric migrations to the Maghreb from both the Levant and Europe
published pages: 6774-6779, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1800851115
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115/26 2020-03-11
2019 Pedro Henríquez-Valido, Jacob Morales, Paloma Vidal-Matutano, Jonathan Santana-Cabrera, Amelia Rodríguez Rodríguez
Arqueoentomología y arqueobotánica de los espacios de almacenamiento a largo plazo: el granero de Risco Pintado, Temisas (Gran Canaria)
published pages: 120, ISSN: 1988-3218, DOI: 10.3989/tp.2019.12229
Trabajos de Prehistoria 76/1 2020-03-11

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