Human Provenancing

The isotope ratios of strontium (Sr) and lead (Pb) in water derive from local geology and their isotopic signature can be linked to the age and type of underlying bedrocks and soils (if applicable). Both elements are transferred to human blood through diet and water, and some of it will ultimately be incorporated into the hair structure, making Sr and Pb isotopes interesting tools for tracing human mobility.

Our research group is developing approaches based on coupling the elemental concentrations and isotope ratios of Sr and Pb  in human hair for provenancing purposes.

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