August 1, 2019

Yesterday was Marine Frouin's last day at Oxford before she takes up a fellowship in Denmark and then a tenure-track position at Stony Brook University in New York. We celebrated her work, contribution to the PalaeoChron project and friendship with a load of people last night. 

Marine has been a tremendous colleague and co-worker and we will all miss her greatly. That said, we will continue working with her on the publication of result...

November 7, 2018

Together with Harald Floss and his team, Maria Oddo and Tom Higham returned to the Musée Denon in Chalon-sur-Saône to resample some of the Aurignacian artefacts from the site of Grotte de la Verpillière in Germolles, eastern France. Maria's work whilst at the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit as part of the PalaeoChron project was to focus on the chronometry of the site, but the work has been challenging due to the presence of organ...

September 15, 2018

PalaeoChron members attended the ESHE 2018 meeting in Faro. Thibaut, Marine, Tom, Lauren, Sam, and Rachel all attended. Tom, Thibaut and Rachel presented oral talks, while Marine, Lauren and Sam gave posters. It was a really enjoyable and interesting conference, with super facilities and surroundings. Strange to think that in a year's time the project will be over. 

August 28, 2018

In 2016 we published our paper on the discovery, using ZooMS, of Denisova 11, or Denny, work that was undertaken as part of Sam Brown's MSc dissertation (read about it here). This involved screening thousands of bones from several archaeological layers at the site in a search for hominin remains. The first bone that was found yielded a Neanderthal mtDNA genome, with the paper published in Scientific Reports in 2016.

Our colleagues at t...

June 22, 2018

The PalaeoChron team has been well represented at the 23rd Radiocarbon Conference held at the Scandic Lerkendal in Trondheim, Norway.  Thibaut, Rachel, Katerina, Chris, Eileen and Lorena were all there (along with Eduardo and Dave (see pic)). Rachel won the prize for the best Oral presentation!! Thibaut talked about our HPLC approach to dating single amino acids, and Lorena presented her Anzick results (which were published...

May 18, 2018

PalaeoChron is delighted to be hosting Saltanat Amirova in the AMS lab. Saltanat is a Graduate Diploma student from the Institute of Archaeology of UCL. She hails from Kazakhstan. She is in Oxford for 2 weeks helping us to prepare samples for the FINDER and PalaeoChron ERC projects and working on material from Denisova Cave. Saltanat has been sampling tiny fragments of bone to then be prepared for ZooMS in our laboratory. She speaks f...

April 15, 2018

Marine Frouin, Thibaut Devièse, Tom HIgham, Lorena Becerra Valdivia, Katerina Douka and Mike Buckley attended the SAA meeting in Washington, DC. Each gave presentations. We also met alot of past and future collaborators. 

February 5, 2018

PalaeoChron MSc student Lauren Bell is working on a research dissertation concerned with applying ZooMS to archaeological sites in the Italian peninsula that archive evidence for the enigmatic Uluzzian. There is debate over whether the Uluzzian technocomplex is authored by Neanderthals or anatomically modern humans, so in an effort to contribute to resolving this we travelled to Siena and Ferrara to work with the teams undertaking res...

December 7, 2017

PalaeoChron’s Katerina Douka is co-author of a new Science paper which outlines the latest technological advances and multidisciplinary research reshaping our understanding of when and how humans left Africa – and who they met along the way

Katerina, along with Chris Bae (University of Hawai’i at Manoa) and Mike Petraglia (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History), organized a meeting last year in Portugal sponsored by the...

November 22, 2017

The PalaeoChron team has been in Novosibirsk and Transbaikal obtaining more samples for the project. Tom Higham and Samantha Brown visited the Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk) and the Buryatia Scientific Centre in the Transbaikal city of Ulan-Ude (above) to sample bone remains and organic samples for AMS dating as well as collecting samples for ZooMS as part of the new FINDER project led by Katerina Douka. 

We also spent sever...

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