Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

A Brief Introduction To A Geochemical Method Used In Assessing Migration In Biological Anthropology

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter presents a non-technical introduction to the principles and methods of geochemistry that are being employed to assess migration. These methods primarily involve using strontium isotopes. The chapter reviews some general information about migration and biological anthropology, and then discusses strontium isotopes as a tool in the research of human movement. The human skeleton has properties that can reflect aspects of a person's personal lifetime biological history. The chemical properties of various tissues make possible what can be called a skeletal biography or osteobiography. Because of the similarity in chemical valence some elements, such as strontium, can replace calcium during the developmental phases. The determination of whether or not an individual has come from another geographical place depends on there being regional differences in geological chemistry. The use of strontium isotopes has proved useful in a range of migration issues or problems involving humans and other animals.

Keywords: biological anthropology; geochemistry; human migration; skeletal biography; strontium isotopes



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Migration History in World History — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation