Evaluating Trace Elements Analysis as a Means to Identify Early Metalworkers
(English)In: International journal of osteoarchaeology, ISSN 1047-482X, E-ISSN 1099-1212Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
This paper presents the results from Flame Atomic absorption spectroscopy Trace elements analyses for lead, zinc and copper in human bone samples from 31 Scandinavian inhumation graves from the Iron Age and Early Medieval Period (c 200-1100 AD). The analyses were undertaken to evaluate the evidences of a possible connection between raised levels of – primarily – skeletal lead and ante mortem exposure during working of non-ferrous metals. The result showed that significantly elevated levels of skeletal lead were present in samples from two individuals whose burials included tools for metalworking whereas a third individual with elevated lead levels had not been buried with any metalworking insignia. Previous studies have connected increased levels of lead with post mortem diagenetic alteration but despite that it is cautiously argued that the increased levels of skeletal lead should rather be seen as a result of involvement in non-ferrous metalworking.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Iron Age, Early Medieval Scandinavia, Flame Atomic absorption spectroscopy, Trace elements analysis, Skeletal lead, Metalworking
Research subject Archaeology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96061OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-96061DiVA: diva2:663122