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Identifying Archaeological Human Migration Using Biogeochemistry

Kelly J. Knudson

in Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036076
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041780 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036076.003.0012
Identifying Archaeological Human Migration Using Biogeochemistry

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Using biogeochemistry, archaeologists and bioarchaeologists can identify residential mobility and migration in migratory individuals themselves, rather than using proxies such as artifact distributions. Here, an introduction to biogeochemical approaches to migration is provided, followed by detailed discussions of the challenges of identifying migration in the archaeological record. Case studies from the Tiwanaku polity (ca. ad 500–1000) are used to illustrate residential relocation and political integration at the Tiwanaku-affiliated sites of Chen Chen, Peru, and San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Keywords: radiogenic strontium isotope analysis; Peru; Chile; Bolivia; Tiwanaku; residential mobility

Chapter.  5954 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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