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Archaeological Soil Micromorphology

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  • Intensive short course in Archaeological Soil Micromorphology. Training Week: 7-12 November 2016
    Previous training courses have been held from 2003-2015. 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; Macphail and Goldberg, forthcoming). Powerpoints and reference images to be available on the Cambridge University Press website.

    Richard has had 35 years+ post-doctoral experience in archaeological soil micromorphology, and is at 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, forthcoming).
    (1 available as pdf files, see references)

Archaeological Soil Micromorphology Training Course 2016: Programme

0900-1300 Topic Lunch 1400-1700 Topic Notes
Monday 7 November
(Training)
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 (Photomicrography equipment and microprobe, SEM/EDS demonstrations available sometime during the week).
Tuesday 8 November
(Training)
UCL IoA room 412

3. Hunter-gatherer sediments and caves

4. Clearance and low impact (e.g., herding) activities

  UCL IoA room 412

5. Cultivation (low intensity)

6.

Introduction to ‘Settlement Morphology’ Model

as above

Wednesday 9 November

(Training)

UCL IoA room 412 7. Settlement - structures and occupation surfaces; trackways, ditches   UCL IoA room 412 8. Settlement – animal management and manuring as above

Thursday 10 November

(Training)

UCL IoA room 412 9. ‘Classical’ deposits and Dark Earth   UCL IoA room 412 10. Medieval structures, use of space and industrial traces as above

Friday 11 November

(Practice Days/Workshop)

UCL IoA room 412

Reference thin section study.

Short (10 mins) research presentations

  UCL IoA room 412 Reference thin section study.
Any additional presentations
as above

Saturday 12 November

(Practice Days/Workshop)

 UCL IoA room 412 Reference thin section study.
Any additional presentations
   UCL IoA room 412 Reference thin section study.
Any additional presentations and Concluding Discussion
 

Training fee is 60 Euros per day - Monday to Thursday - 240 Euros for the week 7-10 Nov.

Practice Days/Workshop 30 Euros per day - Friday-Saturday - 60 Euros for the days 11–12 Nov.

Contact Richard Macphail.

Further information and References


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