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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Staff

Publication details for Dr Andrew R Millard

Petersone‐Gordina, E., Montgomery, J., Millard, A. R., Roberts, C., Gröcke, D. R. & Gerhards, G. (2020). Investigating dietary life histories and mobility of children buried in St Gertrude Church Cemetery, Riga, Latvia (15th– 17th centuries AD). Archaeometry 62(S1): 3-18.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

Carbon and nitrogen isotope profiles were obtained from incremental dentine analysis of 19 non‐adults from a cemetery in Riga, Latvia. The research compared the life histories and diet between people buried in two mass graves and the general cemetery. The δ13C profiles of several children from the mass graves were similar but did not resemble the patterns seen in children from the general cemetery, suggesting that they probably represented a different population group. The rise in δ15N values towards the end of the life of four individuals from one mass grave suggests they were victims of an historically documented famine.