Séminaires archéologiques de l'Ouest 2019 A noter / Autour de la Préhistoire L’Homme facteur d’évolution ? La domestication du chien / par Jean-Denis Vigne

PhD Project : Why you aren’t always what you eat

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University of Aberdeen




Exploring the influence of dietary macro-nutrient composition on diet-tissue 15N-enrichment and the implications for palaeodietary reconstruction.


A great nutritional biology/archaeology project, which is a joint project between Kate Britton and John Speakman’s group


This inter-disciplinary studentship will undertake primary research into the impact of dietary macro-nutrient composition on diet-tissue enrichment, including the collating and re-evaluating of data from the archaeological and clinical/ecological literature, and the generation of new experimental data from controlled feeding experiments. The (mouse-based) controlled feeding experiment (School of Biological Sciences, Aberdeen) will involve the manipulation of dietary macro-nutrient composition (% protein, % fat and % carbohydrates), coupled with the eventual sampling of archaeologically-relevant tissues, such as bone collagen.

The empirical data produced from this study will allow the relationship between dietary-macro-nutrient composition and diet-tissue 15N-enrichment to be directly assessed in an omnivore.

These data will provide vital ground-truthing for the application of these approaches to the study of ancient human diet, particularly at climatic or latitudinal extremes where carbohydrate-rich plants may be scarce, and will have a direct impact on the interpretation of previously-published and newly-generated archaeological palaeodietary data.


This is a joint studentship between the School of Biological Sciences & the School of Geosciences. This studentship provides stipend, Home/EU Fees & a £1K p.a. RTSG (Research Training & Support Grant).


The University of Aberdeen is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC013683.
Tha Oilthigh Obar Dheathain na charthannas clàraichte ann an Alba, Àir. SC013683.


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Date limite de candidature : 22 février 2019

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