Memorandum between Hellenic National Defense General Staff, Hellenic Team of Experts of the Joint Committee of Experts, 251 General Hospital of Hellenic Air Force and National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (Stable Isotope Unit)

We perform stable isotope analysis in human bones and teeth for the identification of Greeks killed in military operations during the Greek-Italian War 1940-41, by categorizιng human remains (eg bones, teeth) according to the predicted geographical area that the individual lived before death and their eating habits, which could facilitate the overall task of genetic identification. Specifically, we correlate the 13C, 15N, 18O isotopes of human bones and 13C, 18O of human teeth with the geographically controlled 18O isotope of water in order to estimate the place in which they  lived before death and to reconstruct their dietary habits.

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