Group members specialise in the scientific analysis of archaeological materials. Drawing on a wide range of compositional and (micro)structural analytical techniques, many of them non-destructive, CFI researchers use archaeological science to answer key questions about the human past. Areas of expertise include the analysis of inorganic materials (especially metals, ceramics, and glass), bioarchaeology and biomolecular archaeology, as well as archaeological geophysics, remote sensing, and spatial analysis. Major themes include the study of technology and innovation, the organisation production and exchange, the life histories of people and things, the identification of fakes and forgeries, and scientific analysis in support of art and archaeological conservation.

We welcome inquiries from potential PhD and MSc. students interested in archaeological science.

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