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Reconstructing the lifetime movements of ancient people : a Neolithic case study from southern England.

Montgomery, Janet and Budd, Paul and Evans, Jane (2000) 'Reconstructing the lifetime movements of ancient people : a Neolithic case study from southern England.', European journal of archaeology., 3 (3). pp. 370-385.


A new procedure is described in which combined lead and strontium isotope analysis of archaeological human dental tissues can be used to comment on the lifetime movements of individuals. A case study is presented of four Neolithic burials – an adult female and three juveniles – from a shared burial pit excavated at Monkton-up-Wimbourne, Dorset. It is demonstrated that the adult's place of origin was at least 80km to the north-west in the area of the Mendips. It is also shown that all three juveniles moved over significant distances during their lives.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Published in association with the European Association of Archaeologists.
Keywords:Dentine, Enamel, Human teeth, Isotope dilution, Lead and strontium isotopes, Neolithic, PIMMS, TIMS.
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Publisher statement:The final definitive version of this article has been published in the journal European journal of archaeology, 3(3), 2000 © 2000 Sage Publications by SAGE Publications Ltd at the European journal of archaeology page: on SAGE Journals Online:
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:22 January 2014
Date of first online publication:December 2000
Date first made open access:No date available

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