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This article introduces the technique of skeletal isotope analysis, which can be used to better understand the European Bronze Age. It shows that an isotope analysis of skeletal material has had a significant contribution to understanding diet and mobility in history, and can produce data that are directly related to dietary inputs and the environments from which they were obtained. This technique can also provide data on residential mobility, farming, animal management practices, and general subsistence. The discussion then considers the available data and how these are shaping up in terms of answering questions, the limitations of the techniques, and what may be expected for the future. The article also identifies the various factors that are reflected by the isotope systems, and the skeletal fractions which can be analysed. A section on the Beaker People Project is also included.
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