Bioavailable soil and rock strontium isotope data from Israel

Ian Moffat, Rachel Rudd, Malte Willmes, Graham Mortimer, Les Kinsley, Linda McMorrow, Richard Armstrong, Maxime Aubert, Rainer Grün

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Strontium isotope ratios (87Sr / 86Sr) of biogenic material such as bones and teeth reflect the local sources of strontium ingested as food and drink during their formation. This has led to the use of strontium isotope ratios as a geochemical tracer in a wide range of fields including archaeology, ecology, food studies and forensic sciences. In order to utilise strontium as a geochemical tracer, baseline data of bioavailable 87Sr / 86Sr in the region of interest are required, and a growing number of studies have developed reference maps for this purpose in various geographic regions, and over varying scales. This study presents a new data set of bioavailable strontium isotope ratios from rock and soil samples across Israel, as well as from sediment layers from seven key archaeological sites. This data set may be viewed and accessed both in an Open Science Framework repository (, Moffat et al., 2020) or via the IRHUM (Isotopic Reconstruction of Human Migration) database.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3641-3652
Number of pages12
JournalEarth System Science Data
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2020


  • Archaeology
  • Geochemistry
  • Stontium Isotope
  • Israel


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