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Strontium in 19th century Australian children’s teeth


Williams, A-MM and Donlon, DA and Bennett, CM and Siegele, R, Strontium in 19th century Australian children's teeth, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 190, (1-4) pp. 453-457. ISSN 1872-9584 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/S0168-583X(01)01317-9


The enamel of teeth from 57 children, who died in the mid to late 1800s, were analysed to investigate strontium (Sr) concentrations in historic teeth. Teeth were analysed usingproton induced X-ray emission at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Where available, multiple teeth were analysed for each individual includingpermanent (molars and premolars) and deciduous teeth (molars). Preliminary results show that Sr does not appear to be affected by the postmortem environment. Sr levels in permanent molars strongly correlate with levels in the premolars but not with the deciduous molars. Concerns are raised over the large variation seen in Sr levels and the effect it would have on the interpretation of Sr levels in studies with small sample sizes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:teeth, strontium, PIXE
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Anthropology
Research Field:Biological (physical) anthropology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Williams, A-MM (Dr Anne-Marie Williams)
ID Code:155234
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2023-02-06
Last Modified:2023-02-22

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