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The Dorothy Garrod Laboratory for Isotopic Analysis

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, δ18O, 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:

The lab is directed by Dr Tamsin O'Connell, with technical support from Catherine Kneale. Members include undergraduate, masters and doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and academic staff.

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