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The strontium calcium mass ratio in human bones reveals information regarding the diet which is of interest in archaeology. By using fast neutron activation this ratio can be measured in a non-destructive manner, which is important when bones are considered too precious to allow for destructive analysis. Simulations and measurements showed that the nuclear reactions (88)Sr(n,2n)(87m)Sr and (44)Ca(n,p)(44)K are highly useful for the purpose.

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Authors: HULT M, JRC Geel (BE);FESSLER A, JRC Geel (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: ICRM'97, Gaithersburg (US), May 19-23, 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40578 ORA
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