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AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE NEOLITHIC AND BRONZE AGE OF AZERBAIJAN

  27.12.2018

The American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the official Journal of American Association of Physical Anthropologists published an article “Dietary inferences through stable isotope analysis at the Neolithic and Bronze Age in the southern Caucasus (sixth to first millenium BC, Azerbaijan): From environmental adaptation to social impacts”.
One of the authors of the article, Farhad Guliyev, head of the archeological researches conducted recently in archaeological complexes of the Neolithic period of the Tovuz region (Central Kura basin monuments), head of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of ANAS, Farhad Guliyev, said that for the first time Stable isotope analyzes were carried out in the laboratories of these countries with human skeletons and animal bones (45 skeletons) found in ancient settlements together with French and German specialists.
Subsistence strategies are of great interest for understanding how prehistoric societies adapted to our environment. This is particularly the case for the southern Caucasus where relationships have been shown with the northern Caucasus and Mesopotamia since the Neolithic and where societies are alternately described as sedentary and mobile. This article aims, for the first time, to characterize human diets and their evolution using biochemical markers, from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age (sixth‐first millenium BC), at Mentesh Tepe, a site in the middle Kura valley in Azerbaijan.
The other co-authors of the article are - Dr. Estelle Herrscher, an employee of the French National Research Center (CNRS), who has worked for a long time on the problem of diet and health of the Holocene people, anthropologists from the National Preventive Archeology Institute of France, Modwene Poulmarch and Elsa Jovenet. Paleozoolologist, Dr. Norbert Benecke of the German Archeology Institute and specialist of the French National Research Center Dr. Bertille Lyonnet have been conducting archaeological researches with their Azerbaijani counterparts in Tovuz region for a long time.