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Institute hosts prestigious Archaeological Soil Micromorphology training

1 November 2012

Gokstad Ship Mound, Norway

The Institute is again hosting Richard Macphail's annual Archaeological Soil Micromorphology training course which regularly attracts students from across the globe.  

This year 27 people from 16 countries will participate in the intensive training course from as far afield as the USA, Canada and Korea, and from Belgium, Croatia, France, Italy, Romania, Spain and the UK.

Richard, who is currently working on the geoarchaeology of the famous Gokstad Ship Burial Mound (Sandefjord), and Royal Manor of Avaldsnes (near Haugesund), Norway, for the Viking Museum, Oslo University, was elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2010 and has previously been awarded the 2009 Rip Rapp Archaeological Geology Award by the GSA 'in recognition of outstanding contributions to the interdisciplinary field of archaeological geology'.

Other major projects are the Romano-British salt working site (redhills) of Stanford Wharf, Essex, Early Bronze Age pastoral nomadism in the Negev Desert, Israel and the Copper Age tell of Popina Bordusani in the wetland area of Balta Ialomitei (Borcea and Danube Rivers), Romania.

Richard was one of the organisers of the 14th International Working Meeting on Soil Micromorphology (IWMSM), as well as the Workshop of the Archaeological Soil Micromorphology Working Group, both held in Spain in July 2012.