Baseline data for Andean paleomobility research: A radiogenic strontium isotope study of modern Peruvian agricultural soils

Kelly Knudson, Emily Webb, Christine White, Fred J. Longstaffe

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Abstract

While the use of radiogenic strontium isotope values to examine paleomobility is increasingly common in the Andes, and beyond, many questions about baseline variability remain. To better understand baseline radiogenic strontium isotope compositions in the Andes, we present new <sup>87</sup>Sr/<sup>86</sup>Sr values from Peruvian soil samples. Modern soil samples were collected from agricultural fields from the following areas in central and southern Peru: Arequipa, Atico, Camaná, Chala, Cusco, Ica, Ilo, Lima, Mejía, Moquegua, Nazca, Ocoña, Palpa, Pisco, Puno, Tacna, and Yauca. Samples were partially dissolved to better approximate the bioavailable strontium. Radiogenic strontium isotope values from the partially dissolved soil samples range from <sup>87</sup>Sr/<sup>86</sup>Sr = 0.70202 to 0.71894 and, for all soil samples, have a mean of <sup>87</sup>Sr/<sup>86</sup>Sr = 0.70773 ± 0.00166 (1σ, n = 114). In general, the <sup>87</sup>Sr/<sup>86</sup>Sr values measured for soil samples collected from modern agricultural fields reflect the expected <sup>87</sup>Sr/<sup>86</sup>Sr values based on bedrock geology. Comparing our new soil data with published radiogenic strontium isotope data for bedrock, soil, water, and faunal samples provides constraints on the regions in the Andes that can, and cannot, be distinguished through radiogenic strontium isotope analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-219
Number of pages15
JournalArchaeological and Anthropological Sciences
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Andes
  • Migration
  • Peru
  • Residential mobility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology

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