As the radiocarbon laboratory chemist, my research focuses on the development and application of radiocarbon pre-treatment methods for a range of archaeological materials, in particular bone and charcoal. I am also interested in the preservation of organic archaeological materials.
Current activities include:
- Radiocarbon dating of historical parchments: testing pre-treatment protocols and dating precision and accuracy
- A novel approach for extracting pollen from sediments for radiocarbon dating (with R Jones, University of Exeter)
- Analysis of structural and chemical change on the nanoscale within archaeological bone from Etton Causewayed Enclosure
- Pre-Hispanic Caribbean Sculpture in Wood (PI: J Ostapkowicz, National Museums, Liverpool)
- Radiocarbon dating Apachean presence in Promontory Cave, Utah (PI: J Ives, University of Alberta)
- The Origins of Nationhood: A New Chronology for the Formation of the Egyptian State (PI: C Bronk Ramsey, University of Oxford)