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Provenancing flint artefacts with ICP-MS using ree signatures and Pb isotopes as discriminants: preliminary results of a case study from northern sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2011 (English)In: Archaeometry, ISSN 0003-813X, E-ISSN 1475-4754, Vol. 53, 1142-1170 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Archaeological flint artefacts from the late Mesolithic/early Neolithic site of Vuollerim, northern Sweden, have been geochemically investigated with ICP-SFMS and MC-ICP-MS in search for the geological/geographical origin of the non-local flint. The Vuollerim flints were compared with reference samples from Denmark (Cretaceous/Tertiary flint) and Russia (Carboniferous flint). Elemental concentrations as well as elemental ratios for REEs and isotopic ratios for Pb and Sr are presented. Significant differences were found between different geological/geographical contexts. Two of the Vuollerim samples can be ascribed a South Scandinavian origin. Possibly also eastern flint is present, although the results are not conclusive in this case.

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2011. Vol. 53, 1142-1170 p.
Keyword [en]
northern sweden, icp-sfms, mc-icp-ms, chert, flint, provenance study, ree, pb isotopes
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Archaeology Chemical Sciences Geology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50510DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2011.00605.xISI: 000296903300004OAI: diva2:464928
Available from: 2011-12-14 Created: 2011-12-13 Last updated: 2011-12-14Bibliographically approved

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