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Presidential appointment for UCL archaeologist

9 May 2007

Professor Thilo Rehren (UCL Institute of Archaeology) has been appointed President of the Society for Archaeological Sciences (SAS).

The Society for Archaeological Sciences is the largest international professional body for archaeologists and scientists interested in advances in the application of scientific techniques and methodologies to archaeology. Professor Rehren's two-year presidential tenure will focus on broadening the US-based society's membership internationally.

An expert in archaeological materials and technologies, Professor Rehren is interested in understanding the processes and techniques used by different cultures through the ages to produce their metal, glass and ceramic goods. Traces of these materials are often found in archaeological sites, and Professor Rehren uses modern equipment, such as electron microscopy and chemical analyses, along with historical references to discover how these products were made.

Professor Rehren said: "It is a great honour for me to be able to serve at the helm of the SAS, working with a group of dedicated colleagues in this society. I will make an effort to blend complementary approaches to archaeological science, from Asia and the Pacific region, through Europe and Africa, to the Americas, hopefully attracting new members from those areas less represented at present."

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Image: Professor Rehren