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《The Western Regions Studies》 2017-04
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Horse Burial Customs in Kalasu Cemetery of Xinjiang Seen from Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope

Chen Xianglong;Yu Jianjun;You Yue;  
This paper aims to explore feeding practices of the horses buried with human bodies among Iron Age nomads in the Altai Mountains.Human and animal bones from Kalasu cemetery in Habahe County,Xinjiang were sampled from stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis.While the similar isotope results between human and sheep bone collagen show that people in Kalasu acquired their nutrients from sheep herding mostly,horses display relatively low nitrogen isotope values,which indicate they might be foddered with alfalfa.Significantly,the bigger range of isotope values of horses buried in the biggest burial M15 than others is also observed,and more work should be done before further understanding of the funerary custom and cultural function behind is gained.
【Fund】: 国家社科基金青年项目“稳定同位素所见郑洛地区4000BP—3500BP先民食谱与家畜饲养方式的特点研究”(项目编号:16CKG018)的阶段性成果
【CateGory Index】: K878.8;S821
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