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dc.contributor.authorRow, Kristenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-04T16:01:31Z
dc.date.available2015-08-04T16:01:31Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.date.submitted2013
dc.identifier.other
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/12206
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.)--Boston Universityen_US
dc.description.abstractThe goal of this study is to determine if strontium isotope analysis (87Sr/86Sr) is useful when applied to modern dental enamel samples, specifically from Medellín, Colombia. Strontium isotope analysis has been used extensively in the archaeological literature with only a few studies in the forensic literature. There is a need for identification of individuals whose remains are found in Colombia, due to the conflict that has taken thousands of lives. Samples from 75 teeth of 61 individuals were taken to determine the 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratio. The samples were processed using a thermal ionization mass spectrometer (TIMS) at Boston University in the Earth Science Department. The overall mean (87Sr/86Sr) = 0.70739 +/- 0.00159. The results are inconclusive, it was found that there is no significant difference between isotope ratios in different regions of Colombia. This indicates that more samples from other geographic locations in Colombia are needed to accurately sort populations in Colombia. Modernization, specifically imported food has an effect on strontium isotope ratios in dental enamel of individuals; this method needs to be tested with other modern populations in order to conclusively state that it does not work with modern populations.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherBoston Universityen_US
dc.titleStrontium isotopes and geolocation: the pathway for identification of victims in Medellín, Colombiaen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
etd.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.degree.levelmastersen_US
etd.degree.disciplineForensic Anthopologyen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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