Collecting bioavailable strontium samples from Corsica!

Christophe and Hannah have just returned from six days sampling plants in Corsica with colleagues Dr Marie Balasse and Mélanie Fabre from the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris.

The team collected grass, shrub and tree samples from 55 sampling sites across the island. Adding these new datapoints to single paired plant and soil leachate samples from 73 sites that Hannah worked on for her PhD, gives us an amazing sampling density of one sampling site per ~70km2.

All the data will be used to create a high resolution baseline map of bioavailable strontium on Corsica. This baseline map will be valuable for future archaeological mobility studies on Corsica. Allowing researchers to compare ratios measured in archaeological material to identify potential origins. Melanie will be using this bioavailable strontium baseline for her PhD research looking at the mobility patterns of goats and sheep from archaeological sites across the island.

Stay tuned for more details on our Corsica work!

To read more about establishing strontium baselines, read Christophe’s work on Ireland here.

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