September 7, 2017

We were really thrilled to see the publication of our research paper on the chronology of the Vindija Neanderthals out this week in the early edition section of PNAS. This is the culmination of a lot of work spent going to Croatia to work on material with our colleague Ivor Karavanic and his team, the dating work; based on the extraction of hydroxyproline (HYP), the genetics; done by our colleagues in Leipzig at the Max Planck, and th...

June 16, 2017

The team held a project meeting at Brasenose College this month to focus on new results, discuss publications and plan synthesis and other regional/site papers. The day was broken down into separate talks, concerning new OSL dates for Georgian and Polish sites, new single amino acid dating results, radiocarbon data from South and SE Asia, the direct dating of Aurignacian osseous bone points, KDE modelling of radiocarbon datasets, Deni...

June 1, 2017

PalaeoChron has been back in Russia, this time in Novosibirsk, sampling material from some of the key EUP sites of the Transbaikal and Altai regions. 

The return trip to London included the Institute of Archaeology in Moscow with our long term friend and collaborators Maria Mednikova and Maria Dobrovolskaya, and some sampling of important Neanderthal remains from Russia.

We will return again to Baikal in October and November to continu...

November 18, 2016

Sampling for ZooMS has been moving a long apace in the PalaeoChron project thanks to the great work of Esther Gillespie, who has been spending a lot of time in the sampling room. Esther worked in the ORAU previously on a school work experience placement and expressed interest in the ZooMS research, so volunteered to come back and help in our efforts to locate hominin bones in the site of Denisova Cave. Three weeks of hard work has pai...

November 11, 2016

Tom and Katerina were invited to give presentations at the "Human Dispersals in the Late Pleistocene - Interdisciplinary Approaches Towards Understanding the Worldwide Expansion of Homo sapiens" conference in Jena, Germany. The conference was organised by Prof Michael Petraglia, formerly of Oxford but now at the new Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

Tom talked about "Identifying human fossil remains from Plei...

September 19, 2016

PalaeoChron was well-represented at the recent ESHE meeting in Spain. ESHE is the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution. This year the small town of Alcala de Henares, near Madrid, was the venue. There were three days of scientific programme and a field trip to the Pinilla des Valles Neanderthal sites on the Sunday. There were several highlights of the conference, many very interesting papers on ancient DNA, proteomics, mo...

September 12, 2016

The entire PalaeoChron team sends it very best wishes and congratulations to Cara on submitting her final MSc dissertation. The dissertation, entitled "A Combined Biomolecular Approach to Zooarchaeology and Neanderthal Subsistence at Vindija Cave, Croatia" is focussed on using ZooMS to analyse animal bone from the key site of Vindija. Cara focussed on the G1 and G3 levels at the site and used collagen peptide mass sequencing to identi...

July 11, 2016

Tom and Eileen returned to Granada to renew work on material in the museum there from Cariguela. We are aiming to attempt to AMS date low collagen bones from the upper parts of the sequence. Cariguela is an often-cited late Mousterian site, and we want to try and resolve this if we can by dating some of the bones from the site. This is challenging because there is almost no collagen left in any of the bones. 

We worked once again with...

July 7, 2016

PalaeoChron members attended the 8th International C14 and Archaeology meeting in Edinburgh in late June. The conference was held at the Royal College of Surgeons (below) near the centre of the the city. The conference ran from Monday to Friday, with a half-day break on Wednesday which allowed delegates to visit old Edinburgh. 

Thibaut Devièse gave the first talk of our group on Monday, about dating of amino acids and the methodologica...

June 18, 2016

We visited Torquay this week for our regular monthly meeting as well as to see the excavations currently being undertaken at the site of Kent's Cavern. PalaeoChron collaborators Rob Dinnis and Chris Proctor are running the dig, which is looking at a new previously undiscovered entrance at the site. 

The weather was against us on day 1 so we spent the afternoon in the cave looking at the different galleries and deposits in the site, as...

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