publication . Article . 2019

exposure to geogenic lithium in ancient andeans unraveling lithium in mummy hair using la icp ms

David Blumenstiel; Madison McDonald; Bernardo Arriaza; Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena;
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  • Published: 09 Dec 2019 Journal: Journal of Archaeological Science, volume 113, page 105,062 (issn: 0305-4403, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract The ancient Andeans, who lived along the coastal region of the arid Atacama Desert in present day Chile had access to scarce freshwater via a few small rivers originating from the Andean Altiplano. Due to volcanic-derived lithium minerals and their solubility in water, the surface water in the Atacama Desert region is rich with lithium (Li); often many orders of magnitude higher than that of other rivers in the world. The goal of this study was to examine whether ancient Andean mummy individuals (n = 145) from four burial areas in northern Chile (Azapa, Camarones, Lluta and Morro) were exposed to geogenic lithium by conducting laser ablation-inductively...
free text keywords: Archaeology, History, Geology, Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, Arid, Surface water, Environmental chemistry, Lithium, chemistry.chemical_element, chemistry
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