Pb distribution in bones from the Franklin expedition: synchrotron X-ray fluorescence and laser ablation/mass spectroscopy

  title={Pb distribution in bones from the Franklin expedition: synchrotron X-ray fluorescence and laser ablation/mass spectroscopy},
  author={Ronald R. Martin and Steven J Naftel and Sheila M Macfie and Keith Allan Jones and Andrew J. Nelson},
  journal={Applied Physics A},
Synchrotron micro-X-ray Fluorescence has been used to map the metal distribution in selected bone fragments representative of remains associated with the Franklin expedition. In addition, laser ablation mass spectroscopy using a 25 μm diameter circular spot was employed to compare the Pb isotope distributions in small regions within the bone fragments. The X-ray Fluorescence mapping shows Pb to be widely distributed in the bone while the Pb isotope ratios obtained by laser ablation within small… 

Confocal x-ray Fluorescence Imaging Facilitates High-Resolution Elemental Mapping in Fragile Archaeological Bone: Confocal X-ray fluorescence imaging in archaeological bone

Synchrotron-based standard X-ray fluorescence imaging can be a sophisticated tool for mapping distributions of trace elements in archaeological bone; however, thin samples are normally required to

Elemental Distribution in Bone Impacted by Bacterial Diseases

It was found that Zinc concentration correlates with active bone formation areas in regions of bone surrounding Dental Abscess and Tuberculosis lesions.

2014 Atomic Spectrometry Update – a review of advances in X-ray fluorescence spectrometry

This review describes advances in the continued expansion of work using the XRF group of techniques published approximately between April 2013 and March 2014. Specialised laboratory instrumentation,

Franklin expedition lead exposure: New insights from high resolution confocal x-ray fluorescence imaging of skeletal microstructure

Skeletal microstructural results do not support the conclusion that Pb played a pivotal role in the loss of Franklin and his crew and suggest that bone samples would exhibit evidence of higher and more sustained uptake of Pb than that of a contemporary comparator naval population from the 19th century.


1 Department of Geological Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 5E2, Canada 2 Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon,



Comparison of the distributions of bromine, lead, and zinc in tooth and bone from an ancient Peruvian burial site by X-ray fluorescence

Synchrotron micro X-ray fluorescence was used to study the distribution of selected trace elements (Zn, Pb, and Br) in tooth and bone samples obtained from an individual from a pre-Columbian

Lead in bone. IV. Distribution of lead in the human skeleton.

Flameless atomic absorption spectroscopy was used to measure lead concentrations in samples from 5 selected human skeletal sites obtained from 134 hospital autopsies, finding that lead was distributed unequally among the different bones in distinct patterns that were age- and to some extent, sex-dependent.

Problems in determination of skeletal lead burden in archaeological samples: an example from the First African Baptist Church population.

It is concluded that postmortem diagenesis of lead ion has penetrated these archaeological bones to a degree that makes their original bone lead content irretrievable by any known method.

Lead Levels in Human Tissues from the Franklin Forensic Project

Abstract Elemental analyses of bone samples from members of the 1845 Franklin Arctic Expedition revealed the presence of high levels of lead. Initial studies using inductively coupled plasma atomic

The distribution of lead in human hemopoietic tissue and spongy bone after lead poisoning and Ca-EDTA chelation therapy

The high residual osteoid lead after completed chelation therapy indicates that lead has a stronger affinity for the organic than the mineral components of bone matrix.

Imaging of copper, zinc, and other elements in thin section of human brain samples (hippocampus) by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

LA-ICPMS provides new information on the spatial element distribution of the layered structure in thin sections of brain tissues from the hippocampus, which is more homogeneously distributed at a low-concentration level with detection limits in the low-nanogram per gram range.

Use of endogenous, stable lead isotopes to determine release of lead from the skeleton.

This initial study demonstrates the utility of the stable lead isotope methodology for investigating the release of lead from the skeleton and shows that the skeleton can be an important endogenous source of lead exposure in environmentally exposed humans.