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Dieter Brems
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Dieter Brems

Dieter Brems received his BSc (2005) and MSc (2007) in Geology from the KU Leuven, Belgium, where his thesis topic was on the development of a metallogenetic model for the Nkana Cu-Co ore deposit in Zambia. He received his PhD from the KU Leuven, in 2012. In his PhD research, Dieter Brems evaluated western Mediterranean sand deposits for their suitability for Roman natron glass production and the potential use of Sr and Nd isotopes and trace elements for the provenance determination of ancient glass.

As of 2012, Dieter Brems has been working as an ERC (ARCHGLASS project of Prof. Patrick Degryse) and FWO postdoctoral research fellow at the Division of Geology at the KU Leuven, Belgium, on the investigation of archaeological glass and metal artefacts and mineral raw materials. His current research is focussing on the origin of sand raw materials for ancient glass production. His analytical experience includes sample preparation and analysis with optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). He teaches ‘Isotope geology and geochronology’ at undergraduate and graduate level.

Research Interests

  • Archaeometry (mainly geochemistry and mineralogy) of ancient industrial minerals, ores and artefacts
  • Raw materials and production processes of ancient glass and metals
  • The application of isotope geochemistry in the provenancing of raw materials for ancient glass production

Dieter Brems is working at the Institute of Archaeology in collaboration with Ian Freestone on ancient glass artefacts.


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