Bendrey, R., Hayes, T.E. and Palmer, M.R.
Patterns of Iron Age horse supply: an analysis of strontium isotope ratios in teeth
Archaeometry, 51, (1), . (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4754.2008.00419.x).
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This paper presents a pilot study of strontium (Sr) isotope ratios from Iron Age horse tooth enamel samples. It compares 87Sr/86Sr ratios from horse teeth to estimates for local ranges of biologically available strontium, to investigate whether horses were being bred at the sites where their remains were discovered. A horse from Middle Iron Age Rooksdown, Hampshire, was not bred at the site but, rather, came from as far away as Wales, Scotland or continental Europe. Horse teeth from Middle Iron Age Bury Hill, Hampshire, returned 87Sr/86Sr values typical of local chalkland.
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