Institute hosts prestigious Archaeological Soil Micromorphology training

7 November 2017

Archaeological Soil Micromorphology training 2017

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

This year 25+ students, early career researchers and more senior academics from 12 countries - Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, the UK and the USA - will participate in the intensive training course and associated workshop.

Richard recently worked on a Leverhulme Trust-funded research project led by Elizabeth Graham on Ancient Maya Dark Earths. This collaborative research investigated the impact of human activity on landscapes and soil formation processes in coastal Belize.

Other major projects of Richard's include work on the famous Gokstad Ship Burial Mound (Sandefjord), and Royal Manor of Avaldsnes (near Haugesund), Norway, for the Viking Museum, Oslo University.

Richard 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'.