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Iron deposition in modern and archaeological teeth


Williams, A-MM and Siegele, R, Iron deposition in modern and archaeological teeth, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions With Materials and Atoms, 335 pp. 19-23. ISSN 0168-583X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.nimb.2014.06.003


Iron surface concentrations and profile maps were measured on the enamel of archaeological and modern teeth to determine how iron is deposited in tooth enamel and if it was affected by the post-mortem environment. Teeth from Australian children who died in the second half of the 19th century were compared with contemporary teeth extracted for orthodontic purposes. Surface analysis of the teeth was performed using the 3 MV Van Der Graff Accelerator at The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Sydney, Australia. A small sample of teeth were then cut in the mid sagittal plane and analysed using ANSTO High Energy Heavy Ion Microprobe. Maps and linear profiles were produced showing the distribution of iron across the enamel. Results show that both the levels and distribution of iron in archaeological teeth is quite different to contemporary teeth, raising the suggestion that iron has been significantly altered by the post-mortem environment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:trace elements, teeth. iron, PIXE, microprobe
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:92614
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-06-24
Last Modified:2018-03-16

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