Who Are We?
Here in the Dorothy Garrod lab we focus on the use of isotope analysis to investigate our human ancestors and their interaction with plants, animals and landscapes. We address questions about diet and nutrition, palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironment, ecology, mobility and origins. Our work uses the following isotopic measurements: δ13C, δ15N, δ8O, δ34S, δD, 87/86Sr. We analyse a wide variety of samples including bone, teeth, hair and whiskers, skin, plants and shells.
Examples of our studies include:
- Did climate change cause the collapse of the Indus civilisation?
- Migration and mobility in the central Sahara in the first millennium AD
- Crop movement across Eurasia