Mercury in archeological hair samples from Xiongnu burials (Noin-Ula, Mongolia): SR XRF and CXRM analysis

V. V. Zvereva, V. A. Trunova, D. S. Sorokoletov, N. V. Polosmak

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Abstract

A technique has been developed for determining mercury content in the concentration range of 1–1000 μg/g in hair samples by X-ray fluorescence analysis using synchrotron radiation (synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence, Siberian Synchrotron and Terahertz Radiation Center, Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics SB RAS). The mercury content was identified in archeological hair samples from an ancient burial of Xiongnu nobility (Mongolia, mound 22, 1st century BC–1st century AD); the content values were elevated (up to 1100 μg/g) in all the samples (n = 41). An X-ray microanalysis using polycapillary lenses in a confocal scheme (confocal X-ray microscopy station) was developed at the Synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence to establish mercury distribution in a cross section of hair shaft with a spatial resolution of 5 μm. The findings of the study make it possible to assume exogenous income of mercury (from the burial environment) to the hair.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-568
Number of pages6
JournalX-Ray Spectrometry
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • RAY-FLUORESCENCE ANALYSIS
  • EXPOSURE
  • INTOXICATION
  • MAMMOTH
  • CHINA
  • SRXRF

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