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Potential Use of Archaeological Snail Shells for the Calculation of Local Marine Reservoir Effect

  • Carla Carvalho (a1), Kita Macario (a2), Maria Isabela De Oliveira (a2), Fabiana Oliveira (a2), Ingrid Chanca (a2), Eduardo Alves (a2), Rosa Souza (a3), Orangel Aguilera (a3) and Katerina Douka (a4)...


Shellmounds are archaeological sites found across the Brazilian coast and form an important record of the human occupation of this area during the Holocene. The presence of both terrestrial and marine remains within the same archaeological context enables the comparison of different carbon reservoirs. There is only a small number of similar studies for the coast of south-southeastern Brazil. Previous work was based on the analysis of pre-bomb shells from museum collections and paired charcoal/marine shells from archaeological sites. This article assesses the potential use of terrestrial shells as representative of atmospheric carbon reservoir in the calculation of the marine reservoir effect (MRE) of the southeastern Brazilian coast. The presence of both terrestrial and marine shells over several archaeological layers represents a great potential for calculating reservoir corrections and their temporal variation.


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