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Strontium isotopic and tree-ring signatures of Cedrus brevifolia in Cyprus

Sara Rich, Sturt W Manning, Patrick Degryse, Frank Vanhaecke UGent and Karel Van Lerberghe (2012) JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY. 27(5). p.796-806
abstract
This paper presents initial data from an ongoing study that employs strontium (Sr) isotopic analysis (Sr-87/Sr-86 ratios) in an attempt to provenance archaeological cedar wood from the east Mediterranean region. Cedar was used in shipbuilding, among other roles, in ancient Egypt and the Near East, and provenance of recovered wood is only surmised in studies to date. As the first step in this dendroprovenance study, a ca. 600 year dendrochronology was developed for living cedars on Cyprus, extending back to about AD 1412. Additionally, Sr-87/Sr-86 ratios for wood provenance are established for two different cedar groves in the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus. The Sr-87/Sr-86 results reflect a closer correlation of cedar wood with seawater than with Troodos ophiolite bedrock, indicating the greater influence of sea-induced rainfall and sea-spray in this island environment. The results of the Cypriot wood are compared to Cedrus libani from Lebanon and Turkey with promising results. Due to the higher value of Sr-87/Sr-86 results for C. brevifolia in Cyprus, versus intermediate and lower values for Turkey and Lebanon, respectively, successful provenance of archaeological wood may be possible. In the future, this method may be coupled with dendroprovenancing techniques for more accurate localized results.
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ASSEMBLAGES, FORESTED WATERSHEDS, ANCIENT FORESTS, CHACO CANYON, SR-87/SR-86, PROVENANCE, EAST, GLASS PRODUCTION, PREHISTORIC MIGRATION, NEW-MEXICO
journal title
JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY
J. Anal. At. Spectrom.
volume
27
issue
5
pages
796 - 806
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000302755200008
JCR category
SPECTROSCOPY
JCR impact factor
3.155 (2012)
JCR rank
7/43 (2012)
JCR quartile
1 (2012)
ISSN
0267-9477
DOI
10.1039/c2ja10345a
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2106603
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2106603
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2012-05-15 09:30:03
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2012-05-15 10:53:14
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  abstract     = {This paper presents initial data from an ongoing study that employs strontium (Sr) isotopic analysis (Sr-87/Sr-86 ratios) in an attempt to provenance archaeological cedar wood from the east Mediterranean region. Cedar was used in shipbuilding, among other roles, in ancient Egypt and the Near East, and provenance of recovered wood is only surmised in studies to date. As the first step in this dendroprovenance study, a ca. 600 year dendrochronology was developed for living cedars on Cyprus, extending back to about AD 1412. Additionally, Sr-87/Sr-86 ratios for wood provenance are established for two different cedar groves in the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus. The Sr-87/Sr-86 results reflect a closer correlation of cedar wood with seawater than with Troodos ophiolite bedrock, indicating the greater influence of sea-induced rainfall and sea-spray in this island environment. The results of the Cypriot wood are compared to Cedrus libani from Lebanon and Turkey with promising results. Due to the higher value of Sr-87/Sr-86 results for C. brevifolia in Cyprus, versus intermediate and lower values for Turkey and Lebanon, respectively, successful provenance of archaeological wood may be possible. In the future, this method may be coupled with dendroprovenancing techniques for more accurate localized results.},
  author       = {Rich, Sara and Manning, Sturt W and Degryse, Patrick and Vanhaecke, Frank and Van Lerberghe, Karel},
  issn         = {0267-9477},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY},
  keyword      = {ASSEMBLAGES,FORESTED WATERSHEDS,ANCIENT FORESTS,CHACO CANYON,SR-87/SR-86,PROVENANCE,EAST,GLASS PRODUCTION,PREHISTORIC MIGRATION,NEW-MEXICO},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {796--806},
  title        = {Strontium isotopic and tree-ring signatures of Cedrus brevifolia in Cyprus},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c2ja10345a},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Rich, Sara, Sturt W Manning, Patrick Degryse, Frank Vanhaecke, and Karel Van Lerberghe. 2012. “Strontium Isotopic and Tree-ring Signatures of Cedrus Brevifolia in Cyprus.” Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 27 (5): 796–806.
APA
Rich, S., Manning, S. W., Degryse, P., Vanhaecke, F., & Van Lerberghe, K. (2012). Strontium isotopic and tree-ring signatures of Cedrus brevifolia in Cyprus. JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY, 27(5), 796–806.
Vancouver
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Rich S, Manning SW, Degryse P, Vanhaecke F, Van Lerberghe K. Strontium isotopic and tree-ring signatures of Cedrus brevifolia in Cyprus. JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY. 2012;27(5):796–806.
MLA
Rich, Sara, Sturt W Manning, Patrick Degryse, et al. “Strontium Isotopic and Tree-ring Signatures of Cedrus Brevifolia in Cyprus.” JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY 27.5 (2012): 796–806. Print.