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Comment on Martinez-Garcia et al. 'Heavy metals in human bones in different historical epochs'

Millard, AR

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Martínez-García et al. (Sci. Tot Env. 348:51–72) have examined heavy metal exposure of humans in the Cartagena region using analysis of archaeological bones. An analysis of the lead and iron levels they report shows that they are physiologically implausible and must therefore result from diagenesis. This, and analogy with the known diagenetic origin of certain other elements, suggests that the other metal analyses they report are also unlikely to be in vivo concentrations. Lifetime heavy metal exposure cannot be deduced from diagenetically altered concentrations.

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Millard, A. (2006). Comment on Martinez-Garcia et al. 'Heavy metals in human bones in different historical epochs'. Science of the Total Environment, 354(2-3), 295-297. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2005.11.010

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2006
Deposit Date Jul 9, 2009
Publicly Available Date Dec 14, 2009
Journal Science of the Total Environment
Print ISSN 0048-9697
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 354
Issue 2-3
Pages 295-297
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2005.11.010
Keywords Human bone, Heavy metals, Historical periods, Diagenesis.

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