What can soil from archaeological digs tell us?

  • 1 Replies
  • 1963 Views

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

*

Offline thedoc

  • Forum Admin
  • Administrator
  • Sr. Member
  • *****
  • 513
    • View Profile
What can soil from archaeological digs tell us?
« on: 19/08/2013 17:16:51 »
New research suggests that the soil around ancient human remains has much to tell us about how those people died.

Read the whole story on our website by clicking here

 [chapter podcast=1000466 track=13.08.15/Naked_Scientists_Show_13.08.15_1001203.mp3] or Listen to the Story[/chapter] or [download as MP3]
« Last Edit: 19/08/2013 17:16:51 by _system »

*

Offline CliffordK

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • 6321
  • Site Moderator
    • View Profile
Re: What can soil from archaeological digs tell us?
« Reply #1 on: 19/08/2013 19:04:34 »
Excellent point about minerals, especially, that would be in soft tissues.  What about lead?  If one thinks as the body being a container around the bones, perhaps one could even look at other "nutrient" minerals such as zinc, or even sodium.  Nitrogen?

I would assume most protein and DNA from soft tissues would get recycled a few times, but what else is there?