I really enjoy reading all of the discoveries found and posted in the archaeology in the news post. However, my favorite article is, “New Technique could Identify Markers of Starvation in Teeth”. I am really impressed when I first noticed that radiocarbon dating analysis can go further beyond determining the age of artifacts. In this article, the technique is used to quantitate the composition of the denten collagen in the teeth ad bone collagen based on carbon and nitrogen isotopes. From here, they estimated nutrition level and their diet in the past. Smaller amounts of collagen correspond to poorer nutrition level and vice versa.
Overall, I think this is a really cool project because it can be combined with another archaeological documents or records, to complement the missing story pieces. For example, at the end of the article, it was being mentioned that corn might be part of their diet because the fact that corn was imported from America at that time. This argument can be supported further by spatial distribution of the sites and also human remains analysis to see how their diet affecting the structure of their teeth.
It is awesome to learn about all of different things that archaeologists have been doing until now. I think we should never stop learning and discovering about the past, so we can prepare for a better future.