Navigation Links
Pottery reveals Ice Age hunter-gatherers' taste for fish
Date:4/10/2013

Hunter-gatherers living in glacial conditions produced pots for cooking fish, according to the findings of a pioneering new study led by the University of York which reports the earliest direct evidence for the use of ceramic vessels.

Scientists from the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden and Japan carried out chemical analysis of food residues in pottery up to 15,000 years old from the late glacial period, the oldest pottery so far investigated. It is the first study to directly address the often posed question "why humans made pots?" The research is published in Nature.

The research team was able to determine the use of a range of hunter-gatherer "Jōmon" ceramic vessels through chemical analysis of organic compounds extracted from charred surface deposits. The samples analysed are some of the earliest found in Japan, a country recognised to be one of the first centres for ceramic innovation, and date to the end of the Late Pleistocene - a time when humans were adjusting to changing climates and new environments.

Until quite recently ceramic container technologies have been associated with the arrival of farming, but we now know they were a much earlier hunter-gatherer adaptation, though the reasons for their emergence and subsequent widespread uptake are poorly understood. The first ceramic containers must have provided prehistoric hunter-gatherers with attractive new ways for processing and consuming foods but until now virtually nothing was known of how or for what early pots were used.

The researchers recovered diagnostic lipids from the charred surface deposits of the pottery with most of the compounds deriving from the processing of freshwater or marine organisms. Stable isotope data support the lipid evidence, and suggest that the majority of the 101 charred deposits, analysed from across Japan, were derived from high trophic level aquatic foods.

Dr Oliver Craig, of the Department of Archaeology and Director of the BioArCh res
'/>"/>

Contact: David Garner
david.garner@york.ac.uk
44-019-043-22153
University of York
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Study reveals risk factors for blood clots in pregnant and postnatal women
2. Einstein study reveals new approach for stopping herpes infections
3. Acoustic monitoring of Atlantic cod reveals clues to spawning behavior
4. Cell on a chip reveals protein behavior
5. UEA research reveals catastrophic loss of Cambodias tropical flooded grasslands
6. Whole genome sequencing of wild rice reveals the mechanisms underlying oryza genome evolution
7. BUSM study reveals therapeutic targets to alter inflammation, type 2 diabetes
8. Sri Lankan snake study reveals new species, rich biodiversity in island country
9. Gene discovery reveals importance of eating your greens
10. New study reveals how sensitive US East Coast regions may be to ocean acidification
11. Ultrasound reveals autism risk at birth
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/16/2015)... CITY , June 16, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ ... their partnership centralized around the incorporation of handyem,s ... point-of-care diagnostic laboratory, the Mo-POD™. This unprecedented model ... BIO International Conference at the Pennsylvania ... from June 15 th to 18 ...
(Date:6/15/2015)... , June 15, 2015 A new ... Telstra reveals the majority of US consumers using mobile banking ... biometrics, such as fingerprint and voiceprint, instead of having to ... According to Telstra,s " Mobile Identity   -   The ... report, with smartphones now the primary channel used by Gen ...
(Date:6/9/2015)... MINNETONKA, Minn. , June 9, 2015   ... that supports the entire spectrum of clinical research, will ... eClinical technology platform at the 2015 Drug Information ... on June 15-17.  These presentations will include ... be rolled out in the upcoming iMedNet ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):handyem and FlowMetric Diagnostics announce their partnership in the development of Flow Cytometry- Based Solutions in diagnostic capabilities 2handyem and FlowMetric Diagnostics announce their partnership in the development of Flow Cytometry- Based Solutions in diagnostic capabilities 3One in Four US Consumers Would Share Their DNA With Their Bank to Secure Financial and Personal Information, Telstra Report Finds 2One in Four US Consumers Would Share Their DNA With Their Bank to Secure Financial and Personal Information, Telstra Report Finds 3One in Four US Consumers Would Share Their DNA With Their Bank to Secure Financial and Personal Information, Telstra Report Finds 4MedNet To Provide Sneak Peeks Of Its iMedNet "2015 Feature 1 Release" At The DIA Annual Meeting 2MedNet To Provide Sneak Peeks Of Its iMedNet "2015 Feature 1 Release" At The DIA Annual Meeting 3
... -- With thousands of scientists across the globe searching for ... a growing emphasis on finding the "master regulators" that guide ... and the University of Cambridge suggests that a closely connected ... cells (HSCs), the self-renewing cells the body uses to make ...
... lining) and transplanted into the brains of laboratory mice ... cells damaged by the disease, according to a new ... The findings are published in the Journal of ... results, the findings increase the likelihood that endometrial tissue ...
... scientist at the Office of Naval Research, discussed how researchers ... during National Public Radio,s recent "Science Friday" segment. ... microbial fuel cell to power different types of sensors that ... for ONR,s Naval Biosciences and Biocentric Technology Program. "What we,d ...
Cached Biology News:Stem cells: In search of a master controller 2Endometrial stem cells could repair brain cells damaged by Parkinson's disease 2ONR scientist generates 'mud power' for NPR radio audience 2
(Date:7/1/2015)... July 1, 2015 Isagenix International, a leading ... three Gold, three Silver, and three Bronze Stevie® Awards ... in Chicago this month.The ... business awards program in the U.S. ... strength in developing leaders, cultivating talent, creating a unified ...
(Date:7/1/2015)... , July 1, 2015  UCB, a ... ), a global leader in designing, transforming, and ... Innovation Award in recognition of their close collaboration ... in UCB,s global business services (GBS) finance organization. ... providers and clients that work together effectively to ...
(Date:6/30/2015)... , June 30, 2015  NASA astronaut Kjell ... next month on his first mission to the International ... from 8 to 9 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 7. ... in Star City, Russia . The interviews ... NASA Television highlighting his mission training. To schedule ...
(Date:6/30/2015)... ... June 30, 2015 , ... Noblis, Inc., a ... in a paper published this week in the scientific journal Viruses ( http://www.mdpi.com/1999-4915/7/6/2763 ... techniques currently used to detect the Ebola virus. Noblis worked with the Department ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Isagenix Earns Nine American Business Awards 2Isagenix Earns Nine American Business Awards 3UCB and Genpact Receive Aecus Innovation Award for Success in Global Business Services 2UCB and Genpact Receive Aecus Innovation Award for Success in Global Business Services 3UCB and Genpact Receive Aecus Innovation Award for Success in Global Business Services 4UCB and Genpact Receive Aecus Innovation Award for Success in Global Business Services 5NASA Astronaut Preps for First Space Station Mission, Available for Media Interviews 2Noblis and Government Scientists Identify New Genomic Signatures of Ebola Using Whole Genomic Sequencing and Innovative BioVelocity Analytics Tool 2Noblis and Government Scientists Identify New Genomic Signatures of Ebola Using Whole Genomic Sequencing and Innovative BioVelocity Analytics Tool 3Noblis and Government Scientists Identify New Genomic Signatures of Ebola Using Whole Genomic Sequencing and Innovative BioVelocity Analytics Tool 4
... Cityofparis.us Offers Industry Dialogue, Commentary and How-To, ... Client Collaboration, PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 15 ... marketing strategist and communicator, has,launched a new website, ... marketers and communicators can share thinking, gain insights ...
... 3SBio Inc. (Nasdaq:,SSRX), a leading China-based biotechnology ... products, today,announced the results of the shareholder votes ... on September 12, 2008 (Friday) at 10:00 a.m.,(Beijing ... re-elected Dr. Jing Lou,Liping Xu, Bin Huang, Lawrence ...
... Phase in Routine Vaccination Program ... Children -, COLLEGEVILLE, Pa., Sept. 15 ... ), today announced that,South Africa has initiated an ... Conjugated Vaccine,Adsorbed), a vaccine which helps protect infants ...
Cached Biology Technology:South Africa Begins Introduction of PREVENAR into Childhood Immunization Program 2South Africa Begins Introduction of PREVENAR into Childhood Immunization Program 3South Africa Begins Introduction of PREVENAR into Childhood Immunization Program 4
... be used with all 96-well ... stacking of covered plates ... with automated systems ... are available for use with ...
... be used with all 96-well ... stacking of covered plates ... with automated systems ... are available for use with ...
... assay kit provides complete components including positive ... of DNA fragmentation in cultured cells and ... the procedure provides greater sensitivity than biotinylated ... by flow cytometry. The kit works well ...
Packaging: package with 500 l Patent/trademark/license (electronic): (r) Registered trademark of Molecular Probes...
Biology Products: