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Talk in Sarawak Museum attracts about 50 history enthusiasts
Posted on : 05 Sep 2016


KUCHING: Around 50 history enthusiasts attended a talk on 'Human Diet and Movement 3,000 Years Ago in North Sarawak' at the Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, Sarawak Museum yesterday.

                      A biological anthropologist and associate proffesor of anthropology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida (USA) Dr John Krigbaum, who presented the talk, said since its first demonstrated use three decades ago, stable isotope ratio analysis is now a well-established tool in the natural and social sciences. 

                     More recently, he said, isotopic analysis of heavy isotope ratios including strontium (Sr) and lead (Pb) are used to infer past movements of people and animals. In Sarawak, he said these applied methods demonstrate that isotopic variability across time and space reflects subsistence, local ecology, bedrock geology and anthropogenic change.

                       Citing an example, he said isotopic data from a Niah Cave human tooth enamel 3,000 years ago suggests a number of terrestrial 'dietary catchements' and micro-sampling on increased seasonality associated with a changing dietary regime.

                        Krigbaum earned his phD in 2001 from New York University, and conducted much of his dissertation research in Sarawak in the mid 1990s. He continues to be active in the ressearch of Malaysian prehistory, including participation in the Niah Cave project and ongoing comprehensive analysis of the human remains recovered from Niah Cave.

                        His research interests include paleoanthropology (modern human origins and evolution), bioarchaeology (old and new world) and isotopic analysis of human and faunal bones and teeth.

                         The 'Human Diet and Movement 3,000 Years Ago in North Sarawak' talk is one of the six talks lined up for this year at the at the Sarawak Museum, said public relations officer Mohd Zakaria Hattar.

                          "There wil be five more researchers coming in to give talks on their research. All admissions to the talks are free," he said.

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