Geochemistry Blog

Paliaos Paper on Bovid Tooth from Skhul

I recently coauthored a short paper published in the journal Paliaos in which I sequentially sampled the strontium isotope composition of dentine and enamel from a Palaeolithic aged bovid molar from the Israeli site of Skhul.  The results suggest sub-annual mobility of this animal between isotopically distinct geological environments The complete reference is: Moffat, I., […]

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Snowed under in the lab

I’ve been neglecting this blog a bit as I’ve been snowed under with a few projects in the lab.  I’ve been doing laser ablation analysis of strontium isotope and some element abundances from some bovid teeth from the Palaeolithic Israeli archaeological sites of Qafzeh, Skull and Holon.  I’ve also working on some rocks samples from […]

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Jones et al. paper combining geophysics, geochemistry and soil micromophology in Archaeological Prospection

I’ve been very interested to read the recent paper “Exploring the Location and Function of a Late Neolithic House at Crossiecrown, Orkney by Geophysical, Geochemical and Soil Micromorphological Methods” by Jones, Challands, French, Card, Downes and Richards in volume 17 of Archaeological Prospection. This kind of multi-techniques study is very much the direction I’d like […]

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Free Geography Tools Blog

Check out the Free Geography Tools blog by Leszek Pawlowicz which is currently running an excellent series of posts on tools for creating custom vector maps for Garmin GPS units. This allows you to create maps of (for example) geology, topography, vegetation etc. and load them onto your Garmin GPS for display in the field. […]

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Vehicle Requirements for Remote Area Fieldwork

I was asked recently for my thoughts about the minimum equipment requirements for a vehicle used for remote area fieldwork in Australia. This is a difficult request, because the specific requirements for different areas are different, as is the definition of what people consider “remote area” to be. I have done most of my remote […]

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Researcher Profile: Ian Moffat

I thought I’d make my first researcher profile an introduction to me and my research interests. I’m interested broadly in applying techniques such as geophysics, geochemistry and sedimentology to archaeological sites. My research is strongly field focused and takes place around Australia and internationally. I’m currently a PhD candidate within the Research School of Earth […]

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In Praise of Magpick: Free Gridding Software

I’d like to use this post to draw your attention to Magpick, a free program for the gridding of geophysical (or any other) data. This program is available for download for free from Geometrics at this location. Magpick was initially developed by Mikhail Tchernychev at the University of Hamburg in spring 1996 as a simple […]

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