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Lead in bone II: skeletal-lead content as an indicator of lifetime lead ingestion and the social correlates in an archaeological population

Lead in bone II: skeletal-lead content as an indicator of lifetime lead ingestion and the social correlates in an archaeological population

American Journal of Physical Anthropology 55(3): 285-291

Measurements of skeletal-Pb content (by atomic absorption spectroscopy) were made for 16 individuals recovered from a Colonial (1670-1730) plantation cemetery in Virginia [USA]. Archaeological and historical evidence allowed the identification of 2 social groups (plantation proprietors and laborers) within this small population, each with vastly different estimated lifetime Pb exposure, reflecting different living conditions. Measured bone-Pb levels confirmed these differences. The character of plantation social organization proved a more important determinant of skeletal Pb content in the individuals studied than age, sex or race.

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PMID: 7023243

DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.1330550304

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