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Molecular Archaeology

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Alistair Pike
Academic year

Module overview

The extraction and characterization of ancient molecules and the measurement of stable and radioactive isotopes has revolutionized archaeology over the past two decades and remains at the cutting edge of archaeological science. From the identification of chemical signatures of past foods to the ability to track an individual's movement on a month by month basis, new pictures of the past are emerging as a result of archaeology at the atomic and molecular level. This module aims to give you an understanding of these cutting edge techniques and their application, along with an ability to critically appraise their results.

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