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  10 Jul 2020

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Bioavailable Soil and Rock Strontium Isotope Data from Israel

Ian Moffat1,2, Rachel Rudd1, Malte Willmes3, Graham Mortimer2, Les Kinsley2, Linda McMorrow2, Richard Armstrong2, Maxime Aubert4,5,2, and Rainer Grün5,2 Ian Moffat et al.
  • 1Archaeology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Flinders University, Bedford Park, 5042, Australia
  • 2Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra, 2600, Australia
  • 3University of California Santa Cruz, California, USA
  • 4Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University, Southport, 4222, Australia
  • 5Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution, Griffith University, Nathan, 4111, Australia

Abstract. Strontium isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr) of biogenic carbonates such as bones and teeth reflect the local sources of strontium ingested as food and drink during their formation. This has led to the use of strontium isotope ratios as a geochemical tracer in a wide range of fields including archaeology, ecology, food studies and forensic sciences. In order to utilise strontium as a geochemical tracer, baseline data of bioavailable 87Sr/86Sr in the region of interest is required, and a growing number of studies have developed reference maps for this purpose in various geographic regions, and over varying scales. This study presents a new data set of bioavailable strontium isotope ratios across Israel, from rock and soil samples. This data set may be viewed and accessed both in an Open Science Framework repository (doi:10.17605/OSF.IO/XKJ5Y (Moffat et al., 2020)) or via the IRHUM (Isotopic Reconstruction of Human Migration) database (Willmes et al. 2014).

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This research has measured the bioavailable strontium isotope composition of soil and rock samples from the major geological units in Israel. Plants, animals and people take up this value into their bones and teeth via food and water and so mapping these values has important implications for understanding where archaeological, ecological, food science and forensic samples are from.
This research has measured the bioavailable strontium isotope composition of soil and rock...