Advances in Isotope Ratio and related analyses for mapping migrations from Prehistory to the Viking Age

13 December 2021 09:00-17:30, London, United Kingdom

Advances in Isotope Ratio and related analyses for mapping migrations from Prehistory to the Viking Age
Royal Society of Chemistry, Monday 13th December 2021

(in Association with the Society of Antiquaries)

One day meeting to be held at the Royal Society of Chemistry (in association with the Society of Antiquaries), Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. Organised by Steve Harding (Universities of Nottingham, Oslo & FRSC), Mark Pearce (University of Nottingham & FSA) & Chas Jones (Fulford Battlefield Society & MRSC)
The meeting is in honour of J.D. Bu'Lock (1928–1996), founding Chairman of the RSC Biotechnology Group and distinguished Viking Age antiquarian.
Purpose: Recent advances in analytical methods - in particular quadrupole and multi-collector mass spectroscopic analysis - have increased the potential of stable isotope ratio analysis for studying biological (using principally isotopes of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and strontium) and non-biological (glass/ metal) materials, using principally isotopes of strontium and lead. This will hopefully catalyse the establishment of an international isotope ratio geo-database of high resolution data (similar to the highly successful protein data bank in molecular biology & the ever growing human genomics data base) which when sufficiently populated will ultimately allow the resolution of important questions regarding diet, historical movements, trade routes - and the provenance or origins of people and objects.

Session I: Advances in Instrumentation & the need to create extensive isotope databases to companion the advances in genomic databases
Session II:  Geo-distribution data and databanks for stable isotopes in biological material: strontium, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon;  Diet, migration & isotopes
Session III: Geo-distribution data and databanks for stable isotopes in non-biological material: Provenancing glass and ceramic glazes via Sr isotopes and reconstructing trade along the ‘silk road’; Lead isotopes and mapping silver; Copper/bronze trade and lead isotopes; Applications of tin isotopes for metals provenancing; Potential use of Fe isotopes
There will be a trade exhibition, poster session & the meeting will conclude with a discussion panel

Jane Evans/ Matthew Horstwood (British Geological Survey, Notts)
Liz Bailey/ Scott Young (University of Nottingham)
Till Sonnemann (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg)
Mark Jobling (School of Genetics, University of Leicester)
Janet Montgomery (University of Durham)
Julian Henderson (University of Nottingham)
Stephen Merkel (University of Oxford & Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum)
Gilberto Artioli (University of Padua)
Daniel Berger (Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie GmbH, Mannheim)
Jean Milot (Université de Toulouse)
Mark Pearce (University of Nottingham)

The meeting will take place in the Library, Burlington House (Capacity 120) and Posters/ Buffet Lunch will be in the Hinshelwood Room.   Booking/Registration will be possible from 1st April.
The Royal Society of Chemistry

Library and Council room, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

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