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Department of Archaeology


The Pitt-Rivers Archaeological Science Seminars are well-established as a relatively informal and highly dynamic meeting point for archaeological scientists of all kinds who share their research as it happens – often, before it has made it to publications. Our speakers include researchers based in or around Cambridge as well as visitors from around the world.

The orgainsers are Caterina Zaggia (cz376), Ismael Rodriguez (ir332), Sophie Rabinow (sar95) & Taylor Peacock (tmp38).

Future events will be announced here.


Contact name: 
Caterina Zaggia
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Events In This Series For This Academic Year

Session Name Date Event speaker
Bronze Sculpture and its Technique in the Bihar Museum Friday, 7 October, 2022 - 13:15 Ranbeer Rajput, Bihar Museum
From large scale remote spectral imaging to the history of the wall paintings on the Silk Road Friday, 14 October, 2022 - 13:15 Haida Lang, Nottingham Trent University
A New Way of Making Silver: Experiments in Medieval Islamic Metallurgy based on the Manuscript of Al-Hamdani Friday, 21 October, 2022 - 13:15 Stephen Merkel, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Fire, Fields and Fertilizer Friday, 28 October, 2022 - 13:15 Yoshi Maezumi, Max Plank Institute for Geoanthropology
Applying a multiscale approach to Meroe’s archaeometallurgical remains Friday, 4 November, 2022 - 13:15 Jane Humphris, University of Cambridge
Identifying Foodways in Early Modern Ireland using a Multi-Isotope Approach: Preliminary Results of the 'FoodCult' Project Friday, 11 November, 2022 - 13:15 Alice Rose, Durham University
Optical Coherence Tomography for Heritage Science Friday, 18 November, 2022 - 13:15 Piotr Targowski, Nicolaus Copernicus University
Do you have it or don't you? Walking the line of aDNA pathogen identification in low abundance samples Tuesday, 29 November, 2022 - 13:15 Jess Hider, Ancient DNA Centre, McMaster University
Non-invasive analysis of paintings and other cultural heritage objects Friday, 2 December, 2022 - 13:15 Nathan Daly, Fitzwilliam Museum
A geochemical approach for provenancing mortar raw materials: A case study from Sagalassos Friday, 20 January, 2023 - 13:15 Matilde Quilici, PhD candidate at KU Leuven
A Diachronic Analytical Study of Table Wares from the Site of Segalassos (SW Anatolia) from the Hellenistic to Early Medieval Times: Preliminary Results Friday, 20 January, 2023 - 13:15 Christiana Kelepeshi, PhD candidate at KU Leuven
Elemental, immunochemical and Near-infrared hyperspectral imaging (NIR-HSI) analyses to characterize diagenetic alteration patterns and map collagen in ancient skeletal remains Friday, 27 January, 2023 - 13:15 Rocco Mazzeo, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Mastodon migrations and mysteries Friday, 3 February, 2023 - 13:15 Emil Karpinksi, Harvard University
Identifying periosteal new bone formation (PNBF) in fetal and infant individuals to explore health and wellbeing in past societies. Thursday, 9 February, 2023 - 13:15 Claire Hodson, University of Reading
Ancient Bioinvasions: Can We Improve Evidentiary Standards for Species Introduction Research in Archaeology? Friday, 17 February, 2023 - 15:30 Christina Giovas, Simon Fraser University
From the Big to the Small: Big data and Compound-Specific Isotopes to understand Pleistocene Ecology Friday, 24 February, 2023 - 13:15 Rachel Schwartz Narbonne, Sheffield Hallam University
Can amino acid δ13C succeed where bulk δ13C fails? Testing “freshwater diet” signals against known 14C reservoir offsets Friday, 3 March, 2023 - 13:15 Corrie Hyland, University of Oxford
Raman Spectroscopy Analysis of Archaeological Materials Friday, 10 March, 2023 - 13:15 Maria Vega Cañamares, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid
Minimally invasive sampling for the proteomic analysis of archaeological and museum objects Friday, 28 April, 2023 - 13:15 Catherine Gilbert, Bordeaux University
New advances in the development and testing of green cleaning materials for cultural artefacts Friday, 5 May, 2023 - 13:15 Silvia Prati, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Challenges in reconstructing Past Exploitations of Atlantic Cod: a Zooarchaeological Case Study from Early Medieval England Friday, 12 May, 2023 - 13:15 Rachel Blevis, University of Cambridge
The Proteomics of pottery: what can dirty dishes tell us about ancient diet and cuisine? Friday, 12 May, 2023 - 13:15 Miranda Evans, University of Cambridge
Recovering DNA and proteins from ancient books to explore livestock management and craft Wednesday, 17 May, 2023 - 13:15 Laura Viñas, University of Copenhagen
Reverse-engineering Egyptian blue production – technical ceramics and workshop organization Friday, 19 May, 2023 - 13:15 Ilia Kovalev, The Cyprus Institute
Ceramic Technologies of Late Bronze Age Cyprus: Plain White Pottery from Enkomi Friday, 19 May, 2023 - 13:15 Chase Minos, The Cyprus Institute
The analysis of Australian faunal assemblages with ZooMS: potentials and challenges Friday, 26 May, 2023 - 13:15 Carli Peters, Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology
Early ceramic technologies and traditions in the Edom Lowlands Region of southern Jordan: a diachronic perspective Friday, 2 June, 2023 - 13:15 Sara Carrion Anaya, UCL
Pottery and Plaster technologies and traditions from the Neolithic site of Makri, Thrace, Greece Friday, 2 June, 2023 - 13:15 Archontoula Barouda, UCL
Integrated analyses on the plasters and mortars of the Nea Paphos theater (Cyprus) Friday, 9 June, 2023 - 13:15 Paola Pizzo, Charles University
Systematic analysis of medieval manuscripts using X-ray Fluorescence and multivariate techniques Friday, 16 June, 2023 - 13:15 Georgios Magkanas, Universitat de Barcelona