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ACRA Webinar: Bones: Isotopes in Dating, Diets and Migration Studies

  • 04/14/2022
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Miami-based Beta Analytic is an ISO 17025-accredited radiocarbon dating and stable isotope laboratory. Subsidiary Isobar Science provides uranium-thorium dating, strontium analysis and geochemical fingerprinting services, among others. The company specializes in isotope ratios using wet chemistry and (LA-)MC-ICP-MS. This presentation will focus on dating bone samples through radiocarbon dating and U-Th dating methods. This includes information on quality factors such as selecting optimal bone sample types and methods of sample preparation for analysis. The presentation will discuss marine reservoir effects, diagenesis and other common issues. Furthermore, there will be a focus on isotopic studies (e.g. carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, strontium, and lead isotopes) and applications including migration studies and dietary reconstructions. Lastly, we will discuss recommendations on how to best select and prepare samples for analysis.

Note: This webinar will occur on Eastern Time

Presenters

Maren Pauly, Beta Analytic, Scientific Associate

Maren Pauly is a paleoclimatologist who undertook her PhD in Natural Sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin and previously completed her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She has research experience reconstructing climate from modern corals and subfossil tree-rings, in addition to Late Glacial radiocarbon calibration. She is currently working at Beta Analytic, providing technical support to clients in Scandinavia, while lecturing part-time at Bath Spa University.

James Watson,  Associate Director, Arizona State Museum, Curator of Bioarchaeology, Arizona State Museum, Professor of Anthropology, School of Anthropology

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