, Volume 196, Issue 2, pp 267-274

Trace elements in ancient human bone and associated soil using NAA

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Abstract

The elemental composition of 44 human bone samples and 56 soil samples from the Pre-Colombian Tutu site, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands were determined by neutron activation analysis and atomic absorption spectroscopy. Soils from the site were analyzed for the purpose of assessing diagenetic change in the bone samples after deposition. Twenty two elements were observed in the Tutu bones. The compositional data will be considered for use, along with other archaeological information, to aid in dietary reconstruction at the Tutu site.