Faculty mentor: Diego Fernandez
200 burials were uncovered in Manhattan’s Spring Street Cemetery. These individuals represent a diverse population, and offer a great opportunity for studying population migration. Our research uses strontium isotopes to distinguish between locals and migrants in Manhattan. We are particularly interested in a key question: can we use the Strontium 87/86 isotopic ratio as an elemental tracer to establish a local and nonlocal human population in a complex urban environment like modern Manhattan?
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