Stable Isotope and Radiocarbon Dating of the Remains of the Medieval Royal House of Aragon (Spain) Shed Light on Their Diets, Life Histories and Identities

B. Martínez-Jarreta, C. Sosa, C. Laliena, Bruce Budowle, R. E.M. Hedges

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Abstract

The remains of 20 individuals buried in three different pantheons, putatively pertaining to the medieval Royal House of Aragon, were analysed for their isotope (14C, 13C and 15N) measurements. The radiocarbon dates and stable isotope data contributed to identifying individual members and, combined with additional osteological and taphonomic information, as well as documentary evidence, provided a fuller picture of the diets and life histories of particular people. This group comprised the first members of a royal dynasty that ruled the Kingdom of Aragon before the Spanish Crown was established, and that played a significant role in the reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula from Muslim control, this being of paramount importance in the Spanish and European history.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-382
Number of pages17
JournalArchaeometry
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • ancient bones
  • anthropology
  • isotopic studies

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