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Journal of Anthropology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 534186, 7 pages
Research Article

Paleodietary Analysis of Human Remains from a Hellenistic-Roman Cemetery at Camihöyük, Turkey

1Department of Neurosurgery, Gülhane Military Medical Academy, Etlik, 06018 Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gülhane Military Medical Academy, Etlik, 06018 Ankara, Turkey
3Department of Archaeology, Gazi University, 06560 Ankara, Turkey
4Department of Epidemiology, Gülhane Military Medical Academy, Etlik, 06018 Ankara, Turkey

Received 7 November 2012; Revised 23 January 2013; Accepted 21 February 2013

Academic Editor: Scott M. Fitzpatrick

Copyright © 2013 Yusuf İzci et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The presence of copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, lead, molybdenum, manganese and nickel was discovered on 22 human ribs in a Hellenistic-Roman cemetery located in the ancient city of Camihöyük, Turkey. The levels of each element found in the males were higher than those in females, except iron. Copper, magnesium, iron, molybdenum, and nickel levels were measured to be higher in the soil than in the skeletons, whereas the other elements were higher in the human skeletons. Lead was not traced in the soil, but on the skeletons. These individuals had probably been exposed to this element during their lives due to higher consumption of vegetables than meat.