Talk:Isotope analysis

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This page needs adding to. It is very onesided, unless you are an archaeologist. The term "isotopic analysis" should also link to the same page.

New sections[edit]

I think it would be good to define light stable isotope analysis or have a section on it near the beginning. Sections 1.1.1 to 1.1.3 are relevant but could be incorporated into the applications of isotope analysis. It would also be good to have a brief section on the measurement of isotope ratios with an external link or two to mass spectometry etc.

Oxygen isotopes[edit]

Cleaned the recently added oxygen section. It needs sourcing and wikifying. Vsmith 03:01, 9 November 2006 (UTC)

Typo[edit]

"For best result the researcher would need to know the original leaves, or an estimation there of, of isotopes in the organism at the time of it's death."

Should this read: "... the original levels ...."? --Eroica 12:33, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

NO. this paragraph is one of the worst written I've seen It should, as most of the article, be rewritten. Jclerman (talk) 13:07, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

forensics[edit]

confusion between isotope variations and isotope compositions Jclerman (talk) 13:03, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Intro[edit]

Could somebody possibly write an intro that's not just a collection of jargon-words? An encyclopaedia is not a technical manual, it is to tell lay people about the subject. The intro is particularly important in this regard. What is it used in, archaeology? Then "Isotope analysis is a technique used in archaeology..." What does it do? Maybe "...that uses mass spectrometry to measure the ratio of certain isotopes..." What does it show, where somebody came from? Then "...to determine the place of origin of archaeological remains." I don't know if any of that is right. I came to the article to find out! If somebody with the knowledge is watching this page, can you please write an intro that will help the reader. 86.41.40.165 (talk) 06:31, 4 May 2011 (UTC) I totally agree the intro needs to be rewritten especially since the two sentences on delta O16 & O18 seem to be in total contradiction. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 178.199.156.135 (talk) 19:20, 1 April 2013 (UTC)