Brian Chisholm

Archaeology and physical anthropology, prehistoric subsistence, archaeological science, bio-archaeology, paleo-anthropology, Pacific Northwest, Japan, S.E. and E. Asia.


Stable Isotope Studies of Paleodiet in Japan. Funded for 2001/2 by the Ministry of Education’s Center of Excellence, Japan. This is part of an ongoing project, in collaboration with Dr. Hiroko Koike of Kyushu University, that focuses on the reconstruction of paleodiets, particularly in the Jomon Period of Japan’s prehistory.

Ph.D., Simon Fraser University, 1987


  • Prehistoric Diet At The Tung Wan Tsai Site, Mah Wan Island, Hong Kong: Stable Isotopic Evidence. A report for the Antiquities and Monuments Office, Hong Kong and the Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China. 2002
  • and Minami, Masayo; Hiroo Muto; Toshio Nakamura. ‘AMS 14C Ages of Deer and Human Bones from British Columbia’. Summaries of Research Using AMS at Nagoya University. Center for Chronological Research, Nagoya University. 2001
  • Izanagi’s Inheritors: The Search for Japanese Origins. Encyclopedia Brittanica, 1999 Yearbook of Science and the Future. Encyclopedia Britannica, 1999, Chicago, Pp 116-131.
  • and Hiroko Koike. Reconstructing Prehistorical Japanese Diet Using Stable Isotopic Analysis. In: K. Omoto (ed) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Origins of the Japanese. Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 1999, Kyoto.
  • and R.G. Matson. Carbon and nitrogen isotopic evidence on Basketmaker II diet at Cedar Mesa, Utah. KIVA. 1994, 60(2): 239-255.
  • and Hiroko Koike and Nobuyuki Nakai. Carbon isotopic determination of paleodiet in Japan: Marine versus terrestrial sources. In C. Melvin Aikens and Song Nai Rhee (editors) Pacific Northeast Asia in prehistory: Hunter-fisher-gatherers, farmers and sociopolitical elites. (Proceedings of the Circum-Pacific Prehistory Conference, Seattle 1989) Pullman WA. Washington State University Press. pp. 69-73. 1992
  • and Michael Blake, John E. Clark, Barbara Voorhies, Michael Love. Prehistoric Subsistence in the Soconusco Region. Current Anthropology, 1992, 33(1): 83-94.
  • and R.G. Matson. Basketmaker II subsistence: Carbon isotopes and other dietary indicators from Cedar Mesa, Utah. American Antiquity 56(3):444-459. 1991
  • Variation in diet reconstructions based on stable carbon isotopic evidence. In T.D. Price (ed.) The chemistry of prehistoric human bone. A School of American Research volume. 1989. Cambridge University Press.
  • and D.E. Nelson, K.A. Hobson, H.P. Schwarcz and M. Knyf . Carbon isotope measurement techniques for bone collagen: Notes for the archaeologist. Journal of Archaeological Science 10: 355-360. 1983
  • and D.E. Nelson and H.P. Schwarcz. Marine and terrestrial protein in prehistoric diets on the British Columbia coast. Current Anthropology 24(3): 396-398. 1983
  • and D.E. Nelson and H.P. Schwarcz. Stable carbon isotope ratios as a measure of marine versus terrestrial protein in ancient diets. Science 216: 1131-1132. 1982