The heavy metal content of skeletons from an ancient metalliferous polluted area in southern Jordan with particular reerence to bioaccumulation and human health

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dc.contributor.author Pyatt, Brian
dc.contributor.author Pyatt, A.
dc.contributor.author Walker, C.
dc.contributor.author Sheen, T.
dc.contributor.author Grattan, John
dc.date.accessioned 2006-07-27T15:33:50Z
dc.date.available 2006-07-27T15:33:50Z
dc.date.issued 2004-05-05
dc.identifier.citation Pyatt , B , Pyatt , A , Walker , C , Sheen , T & Grattan , J 2004 , ' The heavy metal content of skeletons from an ancient metalliferous polluted area in southern Jordan with particular reerence to bioaccumulation and human health ' Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety , vol 60 , no. 3 , pp. 295-300 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 69485
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/201
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/201
dc.identifier.uri http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/622819/description en
dc.description Pyatt, F.B., Pyatt, A.J., Walker, C., Sheen, T., Grattan, J.P, The heavy metal content of skeletons from an ancient metalliferous polluted area in southern Jordan with particular reerence to bioaccumulation and human health, Ecotoxicology & Environmental Safety 60, 13th August 2003, 295-300 en
dc.description.abstract This paper considers pollution/toxicological science in an archaeological context. Copper mining was an important activity in southern Jordan, especially during the Bronze Age, Nabatean, Roman, and Byzantine periods, and the environmental legacy of such intensive mining and smelting activities exists today in the form of massive, ancient spoil and smelting tips. The environment was heavily polluted by copper, lead, and other cations during these early periods and the effects of such pollutants continue into modern times. Samples of goat, sheep, and Bronze Age and Byzantine skeletons have been analyzed and high metal loads, from uptake by diverse processes, are reported. Emphasis is placed on the importance of sampling procedure and sample location, bioaccumulation, and the partitioning of such elements. Implications of such pollutants in terms of environmental and human health in ancient and modern times are discussed. Teeth are found to provide excellent vehicles for the monitoring of pollution in both ancient and recent times. Bronze Age skeletons exhibited chemical fingerprints different from those of the Byzantine period. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety en
dc.title The heavy metal content of skeletons from an ancient metalliferous polluted area in southern Jordan with particular reerence to bioaccumulation and human health en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2004.05.002
dc.contributor.institution Registry en
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution Quaternary Environmental Change Group en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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