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[21-25 Nov 2011, Greece] Luminescence and other dating techniques

The scope of the training course

In the frame of implementation of the approved European research project NARNIA (New Archaeological Research Network for Integrating Approaches to ancient material studies, Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-ITN 2010-2014), the Institute of Material Sciences at N.C.S.R “Demokritos”/Athens organises a training course entitled “Luminescence and other dating techniques” with emphasis on geoarchaeology.

The training course will take place from 21 to 25 November 2011. It will include lessons/lectures and laboratory demonstrations/practice (in English), and it is mainly addressed to the post-graduate students and doctorate candidates of the NARNIA project. However the lectures will be open to a broader audience of interested undergraduate and postgraduate students of relevant fields.

Parallel to the lectures/lessons, the NARNIA-participating trainees will have the opportunity to be introduced (with laboratory exercises) in various analytical techniques, currently employed in most modern absolute dating techniques, according to the below following programme.

Specialists from both Greece and abroad will give lectures/lessons on a variety of topics (please see the training course programme)

Host Organisation: National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”
Dates: November 21-25, 2011
Location: N.C.S.R. Demokritos, 15310 Aghia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece (http://www.ims.demokritos.gr/ims_location.php?lang=en)
Open to the public: Yes
No. of places available: 15 participants
Fee: free course

Contact person: Dr Yiannis Bassiakos (bassiakos@ims.demokritos.gr)

Training Course Programme

Monday, 21 November 2011

09:00-09:30 Registration, Welcome address and introduction to the Training Course Trainer: Dr. Y. Bassiakos, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
09:30-11:00 ESR (EPR) dating: principles, limitations, datable materials, methodology, applications Trainer: Dr. Y. Bassiakos, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
11:00-11:20 Coffee break
11:20-13:00 Dating prehistoric lithic assemblages by means of archaeological methods Trainer: Assoc. Prof. N. Galanidou, Dept of History and Archaeology, University of Crete
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14.00-16.00 Geophysical prospection: methods and applications Trainer: Prof. G. Tsokas, Dept of Geophysics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

09:15-10:00 Radiocarbon dating: new perspectives and applications Trainer: Dr. Y. Maniatis, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
10:00-11:00 C-14 in action: visit at the radiocarbon laboratory Trainer: Dr. Y. Maniatis, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R.“Demokritos”
11:00-11:20 Coffee break

 

11:20-12:00 Stable isotopes for paleoclimatic and absolute dating purposes Trainer: Dr. E. Dotsika, Stable Isotope Unit, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
12:00-13:00 Stable isotopes in action: visit at the stable isotopes laboratory Trainer: Dr. E. Dotsika, Stable Isotope Unit, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
13:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-14:45 Neutron activation analysis as a means for dating purposes Trainer: Dr. A. Hein, Institute of Materials Science, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
14:45-15:30 Alpha counting: principles and perspectives for LUM and ESR dating Trainer: Dr. C. Michael, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R.“Demokritos”
15:35-16:30 Alpha counting in action: visit at the a-counting laboratory Trainer: Dr. C. Michael, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”

 Wednesday 23 November 2011

09:15-10:00 Dating of speleothems and underground morphology reconstruction Trainer: Dr. Y. Bassiakos, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
10:00-11:00 Upper-Quaternary sea-land interactions Trainer: Dr. Y. Bassiakos, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
11:00-11:20 Coffee break  
11:20-13:00 Practical exercises under the polarizing optical microscope: datable vitreous materials, siliceous mineral phases, opaque minerals, techniques Trainer: Dr. Y. Bassiakos, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos” and Ch. Tselios (PhD candidate, Lab. of Archaeometry)
13:00-14:00 Lunch break  
14:00-14:45 SEM microscopy and EDX analysis Trainer: G. Mastrotheodoros (PhD candidate, Lab. of Archaeometry)
14:45-17.00 Practical exercises under the SEM and the EDX unit: phases detection and microanalysis Trainer: Dr. Y. Bassiakos, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos” and G. Mastrotheodoros (PhD candidate, Lab. of Archaeometry)

Thursday 24 November 2011

09:15-10:00 An overview of luminescence dating of geological and archaeological Materials Trainer: Dr. C. Athanassas, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
10:00-10:50 Luminescence dating: sampling strategies, laboratory procedures and data manipulation Trainer: Dr. C. Athanassas, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
10:50-11.10 Coffee break  
11:10-11.55 The age of geoglyphs at Palpa/Peru: the development of new techniques of dating rock surfaces by luminescence Trainer: Prof. G. A. Wagner, Dept of Geography, University of Heidelberg, Germany
11:55-12:40 XRD spectroscopy and analysis as a dating means Trainer: Dr. E. Filippaki, Laboratory of Plasma Physics, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
12:40-13:30 XRD in action: visit and practice in the XRD laboratory Trainer: Dr. E. Filippaki, Laboratory of Plasma Physics, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
13:30-14.15 Lunch break

 

14:15-16:00 Portable XRF-analyser: practical exercises Trainer: Dr. E. Filippaki, Laboratory of Plasma Physics, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”

Friday 25 November 2011

09:00-09:45 Recent developments and future directions in luminescence dating: case studies from around the world Trainer: Dr. C. Athanassas, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
09:45-10:30 Homo Heidelbergiensis: investigations at the type site of Mauer, Germany Trainer: Prof. G. A. Wagner, Dept of Geography, University of Heidelberg, Germany
10:30-10:50 Coffee break  
10:50-11:35 Climate, soil erosion and social change: a geoarchaeological perspective Trainer: Prof. G. A. Wagner, Dept of Geography, University of Heidelberg, Germany
11:35-13:15 The archaeology of palaeo-shores: discussing the impacts on Aegean prehistory Trainer: Assist. Prof. E. Yannouli, University of Peloponnese, Dept of History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management
13:15-14:10 Lunch break

 

14:10-14:40 Terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide dating: applications in geology and archaeology Trainer: Dr. C. Athanassas, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
14:40-15.25 Geoarchaeological methodologies and applications Trainer: Dr. K. Theodorakopoulou, Harokopio University- Lab. of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”
15:25-16:30 Filling of training course questionnaire, closing remarks Dr. Y. Bassiakos, Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”