Contact Dr Fiona Brock

Background

Fiona graduated with a degree in chemistry from the University of Manchester before completing a PhD and postdoctoral research in biogeochemistry at the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff. She then joined the Research Laboratory for Archaeology at Oxford University, where she developed her interests in archaeological sciences whilst working as the radiocarbon laboratory chemist.


Fiona joined the Cranfield Forensic Institute as a consultant in 2014, becoming Lecturer in Applied Analytical Techniques in 2016. .


Current activities

Fiona's research interests are focused on the application of analytical techniques to the archaeological and forensic sciences, in particular:

  • The preservation of archaeological materials, in particular bone, collagen, charcoal and parchment

  • Radiocarbon dating of archaeological, environmental, and forensic samples

  • The chronology and provenance of prehistoric Caribbean carvings (with Joanna Ostapkowicz, University of Oxford)

  • Working with museums and conservators on a wide range of topics, including investigating the composition, provenance and/or manufacture of cultural heritage artefacts, identifying unknown conservation treatments, and micro-CT scanning artefacts for 3D printing of replica objects.

Fiona is module lead for Analytical Techniques and contributes to several other modules on the forensic MSc programme, including Fakes & Forgeries. Environmental Forensic Science and Further Forensic Anthropology: Identification.

She oversees the CFI laboratory facilities (in particular the micro-CT) for both research projects and commercial clients

Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Dee MW, Wengrow D, Shortland AJ, Stevenson A, Brock F & Bronk Ramsey C (2016) Radiocarbon dating of Early Egyptian pot residues. In: Vienna 2 - Ancient Egyptian Ceramics in the 21st Century, Vienna, 14-18 May 2012.
  • Hodgins G, Lindroos A, Ringbom A, Heinemeier J & Brock F 14C dating of Roman mortars - preliminary tests using diluted hydrochloric acid injected in batches. In: Building Roma Aeterna ; Current Research on Roman Mortar and Concrete, 27 March 2008.
  • Lindroos A, Ringbom A, Kaisti R, Heinemeier J, Hodgins G & Brock F The oldest parts of Turku Cathedral. C-14 chronology of fire damaged mortars. In: Archaeology and History of Churches in Baltic Region, Visby, 8 June 2010.
  • Lindroos A, Heinemeier J, Ringbom A, Brock F, Sonck-Koota P, Pehkonen M & Suksi J Problems in radiocarbon dating of Roman pozzolana mortars. In: Building Roma Aeterna ; Current Research on Roman Mortar and Concrete, 27 March 2008.
  • Ringbom A, Heinemeier J, Lindroos A & Brock F Mortar dating and Roman pozzolana, results and interpretation. In: Building Roma Aeterna ; Current Research on Roman Mortar and Concrete, 27 March 2008.
  • Ranta H, Hansson J, Lindroos A, Ringbom A, Heinemeier J, Brock F & Hodgins G Om datering av Gotlands medeltida kyrkor.

Books

  • Marshall P, Bronk Ramsey C, Russell N, Brock F & Reimer P (2016) Interpreting the chronology of the cist. In: Preserved in the Peat: An extraordinary Bronze Age burial on Whitehorse Hill, Dartmoor, and its wider context, Oxford: Oxbow Books, p. 184-194.
  • Higham T, Lloyd-Smith L, Barton H, Brock F & Turney C (2016) Radiocarbon dating. In: Archaeological investigations in the Niah Caves, Sarawak. Barker G, Farr L (ed.), Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, p. 219-232.
  • Higham TFG, Ramsey CB, Cheney H, Brock F & Douka K (2012) The radiocarbon chronology of Gorham's Cave. In: Neanderthals in Context: A report of the 1995-1998 excavations at Gorham's and Vanguard Caves, Gibraltar. Barton RNE, Stringer C, Finlayson C (ed.), Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph Series, p. 62-76.
  • Brock F (2012) Preparing samples for AMS Radiocarbon Dating. In: Radiocarbon and the Chronologies of Ancient Egypt. Shortland AJ, Ramsey CB (ed.), Oxford: Oxbow Books, p. 48-52.
  • Brock F & Dee MW (2012) Sample selection for radiocarbon dating. In: Radiocarbon and the Chronologies of Ancient Egypt. Shortland AJ, Ramsey CB (ed.), Oxford: Oxbow Books, p. 40-47.
  • Ostapkowicz J, Ramsey CB, Wiedenhoeft AC, Brock F, Higham T & Wilson SM (2011) 'This Relic of Antiquity': Fifth to fifteenth century wood carvings from the southern Lesser Antilles. In: Communities in contact: Essays in archaeology, ethnohistory & ethnography of the Amerindian circum-Caribbean. Hofmann CL, van Duijvenbode A (ed.), Leiden: Sidestone Press, p. 137-170.
  • Pollard AM & Brock F (2011) Provenancing parchment, leather and paper using stable isotopes. In: The technological study of books and manuscripts as artefacts (BAR International Series 2209). Neate S, Howell D, Ovenden R, Pollard AM (ed.), Oxford: Archaeopress, p. 85-90.