Collaborators

Dr. Lukas Wacker

Dr. Lukas Wacker

ETH-Zurich; Switzerland

He is an AMS 14C expert who works actively with our group for dating our extracted organic material and our target preparation. He has heavily contributed to push forward the frontiers in radiocarbon analysis towards higher precision. The compact AMS systems (MICADAS) developed at ETH are presently the state-of-the art instruments for highest precision radiocarbon analysis. Lukas Wacker was principal investigator of an international research project that extended the absolute radiocarbon calibration curve throughout the Younger Dryas into the Late Glacial time. He is also member of the IntCal Working Group.

Dr. Florian Adolphi

Dr. Florian Adolphi

Bern University, Switzerland, Lund University, Sweden, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar Research, Germany

He conducts research into the combined use of cosmogenic radionuclide records from a range of archives (ice cores, sediments, tree-rings, speleothems) to improve and synchronize the chronologies of key-records in paleoscience and elucidate on the dynamics and mechanisms of past climate changes. He has developed and applied methods to compare tree-ring, U/Th, and ice core timescales based on cosmogenic radionuclides and identify chronological biases. These methods will be applied within RESOLUTION to anchor floating tree-ring records in time.

Prof. Stefano Benazzi

Prof. Stefano Benazzi

Professor in Physical Anthropology at the Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna. His special interest is in Paleoanthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Since 2017 he coordinates an ERC consolidator grant (n. 724046 – SUCCESS http://www.erc-success.eu/), which aims to understand when modern humans arrived in Southern Europe, the biocultural processes that favoured their successful adaptation and the final cause of Neandertal extinction.

Prof. Nuno Bicho

Prof. Nuno Bicho

Associate Professor and Director of ICArEHB - Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and the Evolution of Human Behaviour.FCHS,Universidade do Algarve,Campus de Gambelas,8005-139 Faro,Portugal

Prof. Alessandro Michetti

Prof. Alessandro Michetti

Professor in Geology at University of Insubria, Dept. of Science and High Technology,

Most of his research is focused on the reconstruction of the recent landscape evolution in order to define geological criteria for assessing natural hazards, in particular related to strong earthquakes. This includes Quaternary Geology investigations, analysis of airphoto coverages and remote sensing / high-resolution topographic imagery, field mapping of recent landforms and deposits, geomorphic reconstruction of slip rates and paleoearthquake histories of capable faults, also through detailed studies of trench exposures showing evidence for Holocene earthquake surface faulting.

Of particular interest for his projects is the study of coseismic environmental effects and their use as diagnostic indicators of the degree of macroseismic intensity. This made possible to introduce a novel intensity scale based only on earthquake ground effects, the Environmental Seismic Intensity Scale - ESI-2007, presently adopted in over 20 countries on all continents.

Prof. Mauro Bernabei

Prof. Mauro Bernabei

Head of the Laboratory of Dendrochronology of the Italian National Research Council (CNR – IBE, Trento Italy)

His research activity is focused on wood dating, mainly through the dendrochronological technique but also joining dendrochronology with other dating methodologies like radiocarbon, chemical investigations and spectrometric analysis. An important task is addressed to maximize the length of reference chronologies for each species, geographic/ecological area, essentially for the central Alps and peninsular Italy. Other research fields involve wood anatomy, mainly through the identification of species on wood and coals, the study of archaeological wood and the state of conservation on wooden artefacts

Dr. Stefania Milano

Dr. Stefania Milano

She is a researcher currently based at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin. She studies stable isotopes from different biological materials in the framework of palaeoclimatology and modern animal ecology. She also has expertise in the field of biomineralization, with a specific focus on the microstructural and crystallographic properties of carbonate materials such as mollusc shells. In her work, she addresses questions related to the long-term preservation of the biomineralized structures. This line of research is aimed to better understand the diagenetic processes and their effect on the physical and geochemical properties of the materials preserved in archaeological and geological contexts.

Christina Ryder

Christina Ryder

She is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, United States. Her research focuses on spectroscopic techniques employed to identify samples suitable for radiocarbon and paleoproteomic analyses. Her current project seeks to develop an application of near-infrared analyses to characterize collagen preservation in skeletal materials non-invasively. 

 

Dr. Helen Fewlass

Dr. Helen Fewlass

She is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Her research focuses on methods and applications of radiocarbon dating very small amounts of Palaeolithic bone, with the aim of minimizing destruction to precious archaeological fossils and artefacts. She works on chronological questions at a range of prehistoric sites across Eurasia spanning the Late Middle and Upper Palaeolithic

Dr. Juan Ignacio Morales

Dr. Juan Ignacio Morales

Post-doctoral researcher at Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Barcelona.

His research is focused on the cultural evolution of human populations during the Upper Pleistocene in Europe and Africa. He is developing fieldwork and research in several Middle and Later Stone Age sites in North Africa and leading a project in NE Iberia where research at several Middle and early Upper Paleolithic sites is in process.

Dr. Guillaume Guerin

Dr. Guillaume Guerin

French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) - Bordeaux, France

Since Jan. 2021, G. Guerin coordinates an ERC Starting grant (n. 581793 – Quina World) dedicated to the study of Neandertals and their ability to form large-scale cultural entities.

He is building a new laboratory for luminescence dating in Rennes (Brittany, France).

Research interests: Neanderthals, Human-environment interactions, Luminescence Dating (OSL) of Sediment, Chronological modelling and Bayesian statistics

 

Prof. Michael Richards

Prof. Michael Richards

Archaeological Scientist

Michael P. Richards is an archaeological scientist who applies methods such as isotopic analysis to determine past human and animal diets and adaptations. He is a Professor of Archaeology and Canada Research Chair in Archaeological Science at the Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Oxford (1998) and has an MA and BA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC). He has published over 250 research papers in journals including Nature, Science and PNAS and is the co-editor of the book ‘Archaeological Science’ (2019, Cambridge University Press)

Prof. Jean-Jacques Hublin

Prof. Jean-Jacques Hublin

Director of the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. Chaire Internationale de Paléoanthropologie, Collège de France, Paris, France.

Dr. Ronny Friedrich

Dr. Ronny Friedrich

Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie gGmbH; Mannheim, Germany

Dr. Ronny Friedrich, studied physics at the Heidelberg University, Germany graduating in environmental physics in 2007 about dating and reconstructing paleoclimate information from various environmental archives. After working in and managing a large noble gas laboratory at Columbia University, USA for 6 years he is heading the radiocarbon laboratory at the Curt-Engelhorn-Center Archaeometry, Germany since 2014.