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Caucasus Goldworking as a Case Study for Technological Discontinuance

12 October 2022, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

AMRN Lecture by Dr Nathaniel Erb-Satullo (Archaeological Science Research Group, Cranfield Forensic Institute) on Caucasus Goldworking

The inaugural lecture organised by the Archaeomaterials Research Network (AMRN) will take place at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on 12 October.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Patrick Quinn

Nathaniel Erb-Satullo (Cranfield Forensic Institute) will give a presentation on Caucasus Goldworking as a Case Study for Technological Discontinuance.

This first network event will take place on Wednesday 12 October at 6pm in Room 410 of the UCL Institute of Archaeology. All staff and students are welcome.

The purpose of the Archaeomaterials Research Network (AMRN) is to organise focused group activities that cross-cut the wide chronological and geographic coverage of UCL archaeomaterials research.

The network's interest includes ceramics, metals, glass, slag, plaster and lithics. In keeping with the Institute's strong profile in scientific materials analysis, the network is particularly interested in archaeometric approaches such as optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and geochemical analysis. However, traditional macroscopic approaches are also incorporated, as well as experimental and ethnographic perspectives. Technology is central to the study of inorganic archaeological materials, which represent synthetic artefacts manipulated by human hands. The interaction of craftspeople with naturally-occurring raw materials and their transformation into functional objects is a rich source of information on the skills, traditions, identities and beliefs of past societies. Another key theme is the movement of artefacts via processes such as trade, exchange and migration. Compositional data can be used to source or provenance archaeological materials and thus reconstruct these and other types of cultural interaction.

Given the importance of inorganic artefacts within the fields of archaeology, conservation and heritage, the network has a deliberately wide remit and a relevance to many Institute of Archaeology staff. Network members also include postdocs, PhD researchers, masters and undergraduate students.  Network events include guest and in-house lectures, workshops focused on specific artefact types and approaches, as well as fieldwork and experimental reconstruction. 

If you are interested in joining the AMRN or have an idea for a network event, then please contact one of the network co-ordinators: