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The evaluation of geochemical analysis methods for forensic provenance and interpretation

21 March 2013

Kelly Cheshire

The aim is to establish if it is possible to identify whether soil/sediment samples are of a mixed provenance and if so can the origin of different component elements be located with the use of analytical chemistry. In particular the homogenisation preparation step has been identified as an area to be addressed in the literature as it can have major implications on the interpretation of the results obtained as it has been demonstrated to have the potential to lead to false positive and false negative interpretations.