Journal article

Towards a biologically available strontium isotope baseline for Ireland

Christophe Snoeck, Saskia Ryan, John Pouncett, Maura Pellegrini, Philippe Claeys, Ashlea N Wainwright, Nadine Mattielli, Julia A Lee-Thorp, Rick J Schulting

Science of The Total Environment | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020


Strontium isotopes are used in archaeology, ecology, forensics, and other disciplines to study the origin of artefacts, humans, animals and food items. Strontium in animal and human tissues such as bone and teeth originates from food and drink consumed during life, leaving an isotopic signal corresponding to their geographical origin (i.e. where the plants grew, the animals grazed and the drinking water passed through). To contextualise the measurements obtained directly on animal and human remains, it is necessary to have a sound baseline of the isotopic variation of biologically available strontium in the landscape. In general, plants represent the main source of strontium for humans and a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the Philippe Wiener - Maurice Anspach Foundation ( for CS PhD fellowship and the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO) for CS's postdoctoral fellowship. The Quaternary Research Association and the British Academy (SG130690) are acknowledged for their financial support towards the strontium isotope analyses. We are grateful to Wendy Debouge and Jeroen de Jong (G-TIME, ULB) for their helpwith the strontium isotope analyses. We thank Quentin Crowley (TCD) for his advice and input. Wewould also like to thank the editors and three anonymous reviewers for their useful comments.