Bioavailable soil and rock strontium isotope data from Israel

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

Strontium isotope ratios (inline-formula87Sr inline-formula∕inline-formula86Sr) 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 inline-formula87Sr inline-formula∕inline-formula86Sr 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.



Moffat, Ian / Rudd, Rachel / Willmes, Malte / et al: Bioavailable soil and rock strontium isotope data from Israel. 2020. Copernicus Publications.


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