Analysis of excavated bone by atomic absorption

Carole Bryda Szpunar, Joseph B. Lambert, Jane E. Buikstra

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Results from the elemental analysis of completely dissolved human bone by atomic absorption are (for some elements) reproducibly higher than those from the analysis of only the material obtained through digestion of the bone. Because digestion procedures can be quite variable, complete dissolution should provide more reliable comparisons between laboratories. We offer a detailed description of the dissolution procedure and of the atomic absorption analysis for a dozen elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of physical anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1978
Externally publishedYes


  • Atomic absorption
  • Bone
  • Elemental analysis
  • Woodland sites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology


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