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Pushing back the frontiers of luminescence dating – IAPETUS DTP PhD Studentship (Durham University and Glasgow University)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

University of Durham and the University of Glasgow

Luminescence - especially optically stimulated luminescence - dating is an established and important tool for dating events during the Late Pleistocene and latter part of the Middle Pleistocene. The objective of this project is to achieve a methodological advance in OSL dating to enable a much broader range of application by extending its chronological reach to ca 1 million years. The focus of the research will be the dating of lithics, in particular unheated quartzite/quartz pebbles and cobbles that, prior to burial had a prolonged history of cycles of exposure to daylight, such as from fluvial and coastal depositional contexts. The project will combine techniques of geomorphology, Quaternary stratigraphy and luminescence dating to investigate the dating of fluvial (river-terrace) and coastal (raised-beach) gravel deposits, including a survey of known and previously recorded gravel sites in English and Portuguese fluvial systems. Ultimately the project will aim to build a group of test sites that range from the Holocene to deeper into the Middle Pleistocene, depending on the luminescence characteristics of the lithics.

Funding Notes

The fully-funded studentship provides the opportunity to significantly enhance an important chronometric tool in both environmental and archaeological research and in the support of geoconservation and heritage protection.
We are looking for strong candidates with backgrounds in scientific archaeology, Earth Science, Physical Geography, Chemistry or Physics. Appropriate training will be provided to develop a multidisciplinary skill set, regardless of the candidate’s background.

All applications must be made by Friday 18th January 2019 at 4 pm

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