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Public lecture by Prof. Tom Higham and Dr. Katerina Douka, Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, University of Oxford

26.03.2015
The National Archaeological Institute with Museum (NAIM-BAS) is pleased to invite you to a public lecture by Prof. Tom Higham and Dr. Katerina Douka affiliated to the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit at Oxford University.

The lecture is titled “Improved AMS dating of the Palaeolithic past” and will be held in the Board Hall of NAIM-BAS, Sofia, 1 Atanas Burov Square (opposite the Bulgarian presidency building) on March 26, 2015 at 4.30 pm.











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Prof. Tom Higham is Deputy Director and Dr. Katerina Duka is research assistant at the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit. Their research interests are focused on specifying the chronometrical dating in archaeology, particularly through development and implementation of new and improved methods for chemical pretreatment and purification of samples. The studies include problems such as reservoir effect of C14, new types of samples, calibration methods.

Their new project “PalaeoChron” is a five-year research programme aimed at working out a more secure chronology of the shift from the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic, as well as of the Upper Palaeolithic. From a geographical point of view, it covers not only Europe, but also the large area of Eurasia including sites in the Altai region. Dating of Palaeolithic deposits in Bulgaria is imminent.

This comprehensive dating programme is mainly directed towards finding answers to some of the most challenging problems in Palaeolithic archaeology: Were there Neanderthal populations in some parts of Eurasia at a later date? Where did the earliest groups of modern humans wander moving out of Africa? What was the climate like and how the migration waves were affected by it?