How much information can we extract from the structure, elemental and isotope composition of archaeological and palaeontological bone and tooth bioapatite?
It is crucial to understand the lives of past animal and human populations, including diet, mobility, landscape use and environmental conditions. To do this I use clues preserved in ancient bones and teeth in the form of isotopic and elemental signatures.
I am working on archaeological human cremated bone fragments from a wide range of sites across Europe, including Stonehenge. I also work on wooden artefacts from Trinidad and Florida. Finally, I have the opportunity to study the famous Belgian Iguanodon Collection.
FTIR, IRMS, ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS