The use of barium and strontium abundances in human skeletal tissues to determine their geographic origins Conference Paper uri icon


  • Decades of research show that barium and strontium enter skeletal tissues in proportion to their dietary abundance and, hence, to local environmental levels. Among regions that contrast geologically or climatologically, the environmental abundance of these elements can vary substantially and exceed variation due solely to local dietary differences. Because dental enamel develops during childhood and retains the original levels of these elements, it can provide a chemical signature of the geographic origins of individuals. Copyright 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Osteoarchaeology

author list (cited authors)

  • Burton, J. H., Price, T. D., Cahue, L., & Wright, L. E.

publication date

  • January 1, 2003 11:11 AM