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Local or nonlocal? A research of strontium isotope ratios of theeth and bones on skeletal remains with artificial deformed skulls

Matthew Mike Schweissing and Gisela Grupe
Anthropologischer Anzeiger
Jahrg. 58, H. 1 (März 2000), pp. 99-103
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29540920
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Local or nonlocal? A research of strontium isotope ratios of theeth and bones on skeletal remains with artificial deformed skulls
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Abstract

The analysis of strontium isotopic composition of teeth and bone served as an approach to determine nonlocal individuals with artificially deformed skulls in Teuton and Gepid sites. A differing Sr-isotopic composition between tooth and bone from the same skeleton reveals a residence change between early childhood and the last ten years before death. The results show that most Teuton and Gepid individuals investigated are local habitants. Mittels standorttypischer Verhältnisse stabiler Strontiumisotope im Knochenmineral und im Zahnschmelz ist es möglich, gebietsfremde Individuen innerhalb eines Gräberfeldes zu erkennen. Unterschiedliche Isotopien in Zahnschmelz und kompaktem Knochen eines Individuums zeigen einen Residenzwechsel zwischen der frühen Kindheit und den letzten zehn Lebesjahren an. Mittels dieser Methode wurden völkerwanderungszeitliche Individuen mit künstlichen Schädeldeformationen aus Bayern (Germanen) und aus Viminatium, Belgrad (Gepiden) untersucht. Die meisten Individuen stellten sich als nicht gebietsfremd heraus.

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