5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
[HTT21-P14] Trial application of oxygen, carbon and strontium isotope analysis in tooth enamel for identification of past-war victims for discriminating between Papuan, Japanese and US soldiers
Keywords:Stable isotope analysis, War victim, Geographic origin
In this study, the carbon, oxygen and strontium isotopic ratios in the tooth enamel of the examined Papuan (South highland, East New Britain and Bougainville) and Japanese (Tottori) individuals is compared to previously reported data for US individuals, and statistical analysis is conducted using a discriminant analysis.
US populations can be extracted from these groups accurately. The discrimination between the Papuan and Japanese is found to be partly accurate. Thus, the present method has potential as a discrimination technique for these populations for use in the examination of mixed remains comprising Papuan, Japanese and US fallen soldiers.