Protein metabolism and the archaeological record: Implications for ancient subsistence strategies

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    Abstract

    John Speth and Katherine Spielmann's 1983 article “Energy Source, Protein Metabolism, and Hunter-Gatherer Subsistence Strategies” has provoked substantial research and debate during the past four decades. Their study has led to new insights concerning hunting and fishing, plant foraging and management, land tenure, and human health. In so doing, it has helped us challenge a number of orthodoxies in anthropological archaeology. In this paper I re-introduce the original article and then follow with a discussion of archaeological cases that reflect some of its wider impacts.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number101415
    JournalJournal of Anthropological Archaeology
    Volume66
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2022

    Keywords

    • Archaeology
    • Food producers
    • Hunter-gatherers
    • Land tenure
    • Obesity
    • Protein metabolism

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