Intra-individual variability and strontium isotope measurements: A methodological study using 87Sr/86Sr data from Pampa de los Gentiles, Chincha Valley, Peru

Kelly Knudson, Charles Stanish, Maria Cecilia Lozada Cerna, Kym M. Faull, Henry Tantaleán

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Abstract

Measurement of 87Sr/86Sr relative abundance ratios in tooth enamel is a primary method to determine human paleomobility, and a growing number of studies now use these measurements to also reconstruct individual life histories and geographical origins. Here we test the utility and validity of this method for reconstructing individual life histories. To investigate intra-individual variability, we present results from blinded measurements of strontium isotope ratios in 42 tooth enamel samples from seven individuals found at the late prehistoric site of Pampa de los Gentiles, Chincha Valley, Peru. These samples include enamel that formed early in the development of the individual, as well as enamel that formed during adolescence. This allowed us to investigate normal variation in tooth enamel 87Sr/86Sr ratios. Within the same tooth type in the same individual, differences in 87Sr/86Sr ratios from right and left dental elements ranged from below the limit of detection (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)590-597
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume5
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

Keywords

  • Andes
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Bone chemistry
  • Migration
  • Paleomobility
  • South America

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • History

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