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Not Something to Grind Your Teeth Over: Experimental Mounting of Enamel for Stable Isotopic and Microscopic Analysis (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Emily Milton. Joshua Schwartz.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. While preparing a set of zooarchaeological materials for microscopic and high-resolution stable isotopic studies, we found ourselves gritting our teeth to produce a set of mounts that met the standards for the intended lab analyses. Our target specimens were camelid teeth from the Terminal Pleistocene levels of Cuncaicha, a highland rockshelter in Southern...

Provenance of archaeological copper alloys by pXRF (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Alice Hunt. David Hurst Thomas. Robert Speakman.

Recently, there has been significant interest in the use of portable x-ray fluorescence devices (pXRF) for cultural materials applications, particularly the non–destructive provenance determination of archaeological materials. Historic copper alloys, typically brasses and bronzes, can often be sourced using elemental analysis to reveal regionally and temporally specific impurities and trace element signatures. We investigate the analytical performance of five different pXRF spectrometers for...

Simple Non-Destructive Extraction of Biomolecules from Human Skeletal Remains (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Keri Rowsell. Matthew Collins.

Opportunities for the biomolecular study of archaeological human skeletal remains (HSR) can often be limited by museum regulations that only permit non-destructive analyses. This restriction, coupled with the fairly common practice in England of quick reburial (due mainly to a lack of storage space), can result in a wealth of information being lost. It is therefore important that bioarchaeologists work to establish successful non-destructive methods for the biomolecular analysis of...