From Stonehenge to the Gherkin

Evans, Jane. 2010 From Stonehenge to the Gherkin. Earthwise, 26. 24-25.

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Isotope analysis of tooth enamel from humans is a rapidly developing technique for looking at the childhood origins of people from the past. It provides a direct measurement from the person and does not depend upon the assumption that artefacts within a burial provide a direct link with the person’s origins. In other words, just because some one is buried with a Scandinavian sword does not mean the person themselves was from Norway or Sweden; the sword might have been a prized possession won in battle. Isotopes can distinguish between these two possibilities.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory
ISSN: X780667289
Date made live: 16 Mar 2012 10:25 +0 (UTC)

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