Archaeological Soil Micromorphology
- Intensive short (5 days - 10 days) course in Archaeological Soil Micromorphology. Training Week: 9-13 November 2015 (16-20 November 2015)
Additional days/week for personal practice with reference thin sections and/or your own material (see table below for topics and costs). Previous training courses have been held from 2003-2013. Contact Richard Macphail for further details and see below.
- The short courses at UCL are based on the experience of these workshops and Richard Macphail’s long practice in teaching internationally (e.g., CNRS [France and Belgium] Microscopy Course, Ghent, July 2001 and 5th European Intensive Course in Soil Micromorphology (Erasmus/Socrates), Naples September 2001)(Courty et al., 1989), and include recently published soil micromorphology methods, protocols and results (Goldberg and Macphail, 2006) and
forthcoming Macphail and Goldberg (submitted/2015). Powerpoints and reference
images to be available on Cambridge University Press website.
Richard has had some 35 years post-doctoral experience in archaeological soil micromorphology, and is in the forefront of current research, for example, in caves, urban archaeology, experiments, buried soils and floors (Macphail et al., 2003a; Macphail and Cruise, 2001; Macphail1 et al., 2004; Macphail et al., 2003b1; Macphail and Goldberg, 2003). The most recently published results are found in Goldberg and Macphail (2006 – now available from Blackwells). More detailed publication of the latest soil micromorphology findings and an atlas of archaeological materials are currently underway (Macphail and Goldberg, submitted/~2015).
(1 available as pdf files, see references)
Archaeological Soil Micromorphology Training Course 2014: Programme
|Monday 9 November||UCL IoA room 412||1. Soil micromorphology and reporting (including use of soil microfabric types (SMTs), counting and production of microfacies types (MFTs).||UCL IoA room 412||2. Basic soil types; differences between soils, sediments and archaeological deposits; effects of burial and site inundation.||With Blue Light fluorescence microscope and photomicrography equipment available; microprobe, SEM/EDAX demonstrations.|
|Tuesday 10 November||UCL IoA room 412||3. Hunter-gatherer sediments and caves||UCL IoA room 412||4. Clearance and low impact (e.g., herding) activities||
|Wednesday 11 November||UCL IoA room 412||5. Cultivation (low intensity)||UCL IoA room 412||6. Settlement – animal management and manuring||
|Thursday 12 November||UCL IoA room 412||7. Structures and occupation surfaces; ditches||UCL IoA room 412||8. ‘Classical’ deposits and Dark Earth||
|Friday 13 November||UCL IoA room 412||9. Medieval structures, use of space and industrial traces||UCL IoA room 412||10. Interpretation and consensus/multi-disciplinary reporting; soil micromorphological description, interpretation and reporting – by individuals to the class||
Course fee: The fee is 60 Euros per day/300 Euros for the week's course. Follow up days/week (16-20 Nov) – personal
practice with reference thin sections and/or your own material – 30
Euros per day Contact Richard Macphail.