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Studying the Diet of the Past

Discover how the study of stable isotopes reveal the diet of ancient people.

In this video, we will be speaking with Manuel Rigo and Lara Maritan, professors from the Geosciences Department at the University of Padua who collaborate with archaeologists in the analysis of ancient materials.

Our interview with Manuel will focus on what stable isotopes can reveal about the diet of people living during a certain period. Lara will then discuss gas chromatography analysis, another method of studying ancient diets through the analysis of residues remaining in the walls of ceramics.

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