Combination of high-end instrumental techniques for analysis of skeletal tissue to obtain insight into human migration, mobility and diet.

01 February 2014 → 31 January 2015
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Methods in archaeology
  • Natural sciences
    • Instrumental methods
migration/mobility diagenesis skeletal tissue (multi-collector) ICP – mass spectrometry laser ablation isotopic analysis diet elemental analysis
Project description

Development and refinement of approaches for the determination of isotope ratios and elemental ratios in skeletal tissue, leading to a reduction of the risk of misinterpretation of such data. Capabilities of several types of ICP-MS instrumentation will be compared. The possibility of using laser ablation for direct bulk and spatially resolved analysis of solid bone will be evaluated. All efforts aim at unraveling provenance of human remains and reconstruction of past human mobility and diet.