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Seasonality of shellfish gathering using oxygen isotope analysis of Crassostrea gigas from the Neolithic Yeondae-do shell midden site, Tongyeong, Korea
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  • Journal title : The Korean Journal of Malacology
  • Volume 31, Issue 1,  2015, pp.43-48
  • Publisher : The Malacological Society of Korea
  • DOI : 10.9710/kjm.2015.31.1.43
 Title & Authors
Seasonality of shellfish gathering using oxygen isotope analysis of Crassostrea gigas from the Neolithic Yeondae-do shell midden site, Tongyeong, Korea
An, Deogim; Lee, Insung;
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 Abstract
Oxygen isotope ratios () of three Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) specimens from the Neolithic Yeondae-do shell midden site, Tongyeong, Korea, were analyzed to determine the seasonality of shellfish gathering and site occupation. Oxygen isotope samples were taken from the left valve hinge sections of the specimens. Oxygen isotope values ranged between -0.1 ‰ and -2.4 ‰, between -0.2 ‰ and -2.9 ‰, and between 0.3 ‰ and -2.8 ‰ in oyster specimen #one, #two and #three, respectively. The isotope profiles showed seasonal temperature cycles, providing information related to the seasonality of shellfish gathering and site occupation. Hinge-edge oxygen isotope values of the specimens showed decreasing trends after passing through maximum values (winter), indicating that they formed during spring. Thus it can be assumed that during spring season, oysters were gathered and the site was occupied.
 Keywords
oyster (Crassostrea gigas);oxygen isotope analysis;seasonality;Neolithic;Yeondae-do shell midden;
 Language
Korean
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