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PROVENANCE OF ANCIENT TEXTILES-A PILOT STUDY EVALUATING THE STRONTIUM ISOTOPE SYSTEM IN WOOL

Frei, KM; Frei, R; Mannering, U; Gleba, M; Nosch, ML; Lyngstrom, H; (2009) PROVENANCE OF ANCIENT TEXTILES-A PILOT STUDY EVALUATING THE STRONTIUM ISOTOPE SYSTEM IN WOOL. ARCHAEOMETRY , 51 252 - 276. 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2008.00396.x.

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Abstract

Strontium isotopes are used in archaeology to reconstruct human and animal migration routes. We present results of a pilot study applying strontium isotope analyses to modern sheep hair as a basis for its potential use as a provenance tracer for ancient woollen textiles. Our hydrofluoric acid-based, lipid soluble analytical protocol, also tested on a number of ancient textile fibres, allows for contamination-free, low blank strontium isotope analysis of minimal amounts of archaeological material. Sr-87/Sr-86 ratios of decontaminated sheep hair agree well with the compositions of biologically available (soluble) strontium fractions from the respective feeding ground soils, a translatable requirement for any potentially successful provenance tracing applied to wool textiles.

Type: Article
Title: PROVENANCE OF ANCIENT TEXTILES-A PILOT STUDY EVALUATING THE STRONTIUM ISOTOPE SYSTEM IN WOOL
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2008.00396.x
Keywords: STRONTIUM ISOTOPES, TEXTILES, PROVENANCE, HAIR, WOOL, TRACE ELEMENTS, TRACE-ELEMENT CONCENTRATIONS, PLASMA-MASS SPECTROMETRY, RARE-EARTH-ELEMENTS, HUMAN-HAIR, NEW-ZEALAND, SR-87/SR-86 RATIOS, FOREST ECOSYSTEMS, SOUTHERN SWEDEN, SCALP HAIR, HUMAN BONE
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/123008
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