Institut für Rechtsmedizin

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"Nutrition, origin, and social stratification in the Late Iron Age. Stable isotope analysis of swiss skeletal series."


Dr. Sandra Lösch, Anthropologie, Institut für Rechtsmedizin, Universität Bern 


Dr. Sandra Lösch, Anthropologie, Institut für Rechtsmedizin, Universität Bern 
Prof. Dr. Felix Müller, Bernisches Historisches Museum, Bern
Prof. Dr. Albert Hafner, Prähistorische Archäologie, Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften, Universität Bern
Dipl. biol. Negahnaz Moghaddam, Anthropologie, Institut für Rechtsmedizin, Universität Bern


Förderinstitution: Schweizerischer Nationalfond (Projekt-Nr. CR13I3_149583)
Förderungsdauer: 01.01.2014 – 31.12.2016
Förderbeitrag: CHF  348'460.-


Stable isotope data from human and animal bone are used to reconstruct different parameters of living conditions. Modern anthropological methods give us reliable information about appearance, health, diet, social status, and origin of these humans. The samples come from different Celtic cemeteries and ritual sites throughout Switzerland. Collagen and structural carbonate fractions will be extracted from the excavated bones. Stable isotopes from the light elements carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, hydrogen and oxygen will be measured via mass-spectrometer.

To examine the diet, archaeological remains from different climatic regions are used to get a first overview of regional and temporal differences in Switzerland. The main interest lies on general dietary habits and possible differences between sexes, social strata or age groups. The geographic variability between Midlands, Alpine Inner Regions and Alpine Southern Slope will also be investigated.

Eisenzeitlicher Schädel aus Hochdorf (Kt. Luzern) mit mehreren osteosklerotischen Läsionen