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Cremated human remains are commonly found in the archaeological records, especially in Europe during the Metal Ages and the Roman period. Due to the high temperatures reached during cremation (up to 1000°C), most biological information locked in the isotopic composition of different tissues is heavily altered or even destroyed. The recent demonstration that strontium isotope ratio (87Sr/86Sr) remained unaltered during cremation and was even very resistant to post-burial alterations (which is not the case of unburned bone), opened new possibility for palaeomobility studies of ancient populations that practices cremations as a funerary ritual. This paper summarizes the strontium isotopic data produced over the last decade which is then deposited on the open-access platform IsoArcH (https://isoarch.eu/) for any interested parties to use. It is the first time isotopic data on cremated remains is introduced in this database, significantly extending its impact on the scientific community.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108115
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalData in Brief
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

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Funding Information:
This research is supported by the ERC Starting Grant LUMIERE (Landscape Use and Mobility In EuRope – Bridging the gap between cremation and inhumation), funded by European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 948913, and the CRUMBEL project (CRemations, Urns and Mobility: ancient population dynamics in BELgium), funded by Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO) and the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS) within the framework of the Excellence of Science (EoS) program in Belgium (30999782).

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  • bioarchaeology
  • Strontium
  • strontium isotope
  • Cremated remains
  • Cremated bone
  • Archaeology


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