Waikato radiocarbon dating laboratory

We recommend budgeting about €100 per week for food and entertainment.

This will allow you to eat out, in a restaurant, a couple of times per week.

The local limestone geology is particularly beneficial to the preservation of bone and one of our primary objectives is to retrieve human remains.

Along with the usual osteological analysis, our partners in Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University are carrying out ancient DNA and isotope analyses on our assemblage.

This will help further our understanding of movement and interaction during the period, hopefully allowing us to answer ‘social questions’.

We also hope to recognise structure in the depositions and arrangement of these sites – patterns that will hopefully provide insight into the contemporary ritual practice and belief systems.

Workshops include practical tutorials on human bone (ostearchaeologist: Dr Lynda Lynch), animal bone (zoo-osteoarchaeologist: Dr Fiona Beglane), QGIS (Dr Richard Clutterbuck) and artefact Illustration (Sara Nylund).

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During 2017, we conducted topographical and geophysical survey over and surrounding a large barrow (burial mound) and discovered a significant ceremonial complex.All radiocarbon samples listed here are taken on charcoal or ash and are conventional radiocarbon dates, unless otherwise stated.The dates quoted are uncalibrated radiocarbon years BP.During 2018, we will be extending that survey and targeting the barrow and geophysical anomalies with excavation.We are based in the Burren in the west of Ireland a landscape that has been the subject of research by our academic director since his Ph D research, with Professor Colin Renfrew, in Cambridge during the 1990’s.

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