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Great article by Sara Perry
Cooperation is a skill that must be learnt & practised — an ‘earned experience’ in the words of Richard Sennett. Here I explore how we might teach it...

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Papers by four archaeologists from the Department of Archaeology have been featured in a new book, Medieval Archaeology. Focusing on the archaeology of medieval Europe (c. 1000–1550AD), the four-volume book aims to provide fresh and independent insights to the medieval world by drawing on sources of evidence that are unique to Medieval Archaeology, such as extant medieval churches.

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Cool new paper by David Orton, in which he calibrates data for variable research intensity. Using his approach he shows the London's passion for marine fish, especially cod is not simply because the Thames is too polluted to catch freshwater fish. 

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Star Carr pendant made the list of top discoveries in 2016

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8 PhD Studentships:Proteomics applied to cultural heritage

https://sites.google.com/palaeome.org/tempera

Applications are invited for 8 PhD student positions (“Early Stage Researchers”-ESRs) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network TEMPERA (Teaching Emerging Methods in Paleaoproteomics for the European Research Area).
Few other disciplines have been so profoundly changed by new technological advances and integration of such diverse disciplines. The first high resolution MS/MS analysis of biological tissues was undertaken at the end of the last century, by 2012 the technology had been transferred to ancient samples. In 2014 one of the first combined proteomics/genomics studies was conducted on a medieval oral microbiome. This project brings together a diversity of leading edge techniques within a coherent theoretical and thematic framework; as such it will contribute not only to a better understanding of protein-based cultural heritage material, but will also provide us with tools to explore the use and application of proteins in the past.

The TEMPERA ETN will establish a new multidisciplinary training environment focused at preparing a cohort of specialists in analysis of ancient protein residues from cultural heritage materials. This will improve knowledge about production techniques and chemical preservation of cultural heritage materials, ultimately improving their safeguard and conservation. TEMPERA will also guide the ESRs to develop the advanced interdisciplinary knowledge required to achieve seamless integration of this innovative analytical approach with the established principles and practices of cultural heritage restoration and conservation. Through the creation of a coherent and powerful training environment, interdisciplinary knowledge, as well as specific research-related and transferable skills, will scaffold future ESRs’ professional thinking. The mind-set (or “forma mentis”) TEMPERA alumni will have acquired during their early-stage training experience will strongly affect their professional practice.

Here are the PhD projects available within the TEMPERA network:
ESR1: "Proteins in figurative arts and artworks supervisor", supervisor: Caroline Tokarski @ UoL
ESR2: "Polychromy in architectural elements and sculpted artefacts", supervisor: Enrico Cappellini @ UCPH
ESR3: "The decline of parchment use", supervisor: Gordon Paul @ DEVRO
ESR4: "The rise of paper", supervisor: Matthew Collins @ UoY
ESR5: "Bone collagen from Herculaneum and Pompeii", supervisor: Leila Birolo @ UoN
ESR6: "Top-down paleoproteomics", supervisor: Jesper V. Olsen @ UCPH
ESR7: "Computational paleoproteomics", supervisor: Jügen Cox @ MPI
ESR8: "Hardware for paleoproteomics", supervisor: Christian Kelstrup @ UCPH


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