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date: 26 January 2021

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Lithogenic isotopes of strontium (Sr), neodymium (Nd), and lead (Pb) are a powerful tool for the study of the composition and origin of pre-historic ceramics and their raw materials. Despite their use in classical geochronology and isotope-geochemical provenance studies of rocks and minerals, Sr, Nd, and Pb isotope ratios have so far scarcely been used in archaeological provenance studies of ceramics and glazes. The following chapter provides an overview of the basics for application of lithogenic isotopes to ceramic provenance research specifically focusing on chemical preparation of samples, mass spectrometric analysis techniques, and interpretation of analytical results. Examples of currently available research results are discussed with respect to the respective isotope systems.

Keywords: Sr isotopes, Nd isotopes, Pb isotopes, analytical techniques, ceramic provenance, raw materials

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