Thursday, April 30, 2015

pXRF Intermediate Short Course, University of Georgia, Aug. 11-13, 2015

Doing pXRF Right: An intermediate course for Archaeologists

Center for  Applied Isotope Studies, University of Georgia
August 11-13, 2015
Dr. Jeff Speakman & Dr. Alice Hunt

Focusing primarily on the quantitative bulk chemical analysis of archaeological  materials using portable x-ray spectrometry, this course provides in-depth, hands on  training in the strengths and limitations of energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence  spectrometry for culture historical applications. Through interactive lectures and  practicums, the course is designed to transform current users into adept analysts.  Although this course is not sponsored by a manufacturer, we will only be working with Bruker Tracer model instruments during this course.

Course Overview
Day 1 — pXRF Basics & Developing Analytical Protocols

Day 2 — Building Matrix Matched Calibrations & Data Analysis

Day 3 — Optimizing Instrument Performance & One-on-One Tutorials

Dr. Jeff Speakman & Dr. Alice Hunt between them have more than 30 years experience analyzing archaeological materials, working with bulk chemical data and have recently turned their attention to optimizing the performance of pXRF spectrometers for archaeological research.

Check out their latest paper:
Hunt & Speakman 2015 Journal of Archaeological Science 53: 1-13

Registration information can be found at:

Space is limited to 10 participants, so register early. Cost for the three day course is $500 and includes all instruction materials, lunch and an afternoon snack.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

2015 RE Taylor Poster Award

Dear members of the Society for Archaeological Sciences:

The judges for this year’s R.E. Taylor best student poster competition at the SAA 2015 meeting decided to award Kara Fulton's poster 'Shared Practices and Identities in the Northern Settlement of Actuncan, Belize'.

Honorable Mention has been awarded to Kristine Martirosyan-Olshansky's poster 'Provenance Study of Obsidian Artifacts from the Neolithic Settlement of Masis Blur (Armenia) Using Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry" 

May I be the first to congratulate them on this achievement!

This prestigious award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus R. Ervin Taylor of the University of California at Riverside for his outstanding contributions in the development and application of radiocarbon dating in archaeological research and dedication to the founding of the Society for Archaeological Sciences, for his leading role as President (1980) and General Secretary (1981-2002) and his committed service as editor of the SAS Bulletin. For more than a decade, receiving the Taylor R. E. award has enhanced the career of those who are now prominent young scholars and professionals.

The next R. E. Taylor Award will be offered at the 41th ISA meeting in Kalamata.
Entries will be judged on the significance of the archaeological problem, appropriateness of the methods used, soundness of conclusions, quality of the poster display, and oral presentation of the poster by the student, who should be the first author in order to compete (

Kind regards,
Marc Walton
President of the Society for Archaeological Sciences