Oral Presentation: Annual Meeting for Korean Association of Anatomists

64th Annual Meeting: Korean Association of Anatomists:
2014/10/17

Stable isotope analysis of Joseon people skeletons from the cemeteries of old Seoul city, the capital of Joseon dynasty
JEONG-A YU1, CHANG SEOK OH1, JONG HA HONG1, SO RI MIN2, SEUNG WHAN OH3, YI-SUK KIM 2, DONG HOON SHIN1

유정아, 오창석, 홍종하, 민소리, 오승환, 김이석, 신동훈

1 Department of Anatomy, Seoul National University College of Medicine, South Korea
2 Department of Anatomy, Ehwa Womans University School of Medicine, South Korea
3 Hangang Institute of Cultural Heritage, 26 Gingorang-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 143-904, South Korea

Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis reflect the diets of different human populations in history. In this study, we performed stable isotope analysis on the human skeletons from Joseon period cemeteries discovered around Old Seoul City. Our data clearly showed that Joseon peoples consumed more C3-based foods as main staple than C4-based foods; and they should have ingested proteins mainly of terrestrial origin than of marine origin. In our study, the values of stable isotope exhibited unique patterns in each subgroup. While δ13C value did not show any statistical differences between subgroups, significantly higher values of δ15N were found in males than in females, which might be caused by the dietary differences in each sex group. More studies should be done in the future, on the Joseon samples from archaeological sites of this country, to comprehend the dietary pattern of Korean people’s ancestors before industrialization in 20th century.
Key words: Stable isotope analysis, human bones, nitrogen, carbon, Joseon Dynasty, South Korea
Corresponding Author:
Department of Anatomy, Seoul National University College of Medicine
Dong Hoon Shin, MD., PhD.
Tel: 82-2-740-8203 
E-mail: cuteminjae@gmail.com





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