The use of soil chemistry data to address post-mortem diagenesis in bone mineral

F. Donald Pate, John T. Hutton

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Abstract

The soluble and exchangeable ions for a soil profile from the Roonka archaeological site. Lower Murray Basin, South Australia, are compared with the total elemental content of the soils. Since the chemical composition of post-mortem ionic substitution phases and secondary minerals in archaeological bone will depend on the availability of ions to the soil solution under field conditions, it is suggested that models addressing diagenesis in bone employ soluble and exchangeable ions rather than total elemental soil data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-739
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1988
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • archaeological bone
  • diagenesis
  • exchangeable ions
  • saturation extracts
  • soil chemistry
  • soluble ions

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