My School has recently invested some strategic money into cross-disciplinary research areas of global importance. Together with two of my colleagues in archaeology - Mathieu Leclerc and Tim Denham - we submitted a project proposal titled Polythetic Micro-analytical Toolkit (PMT) for archaeological and bioanthropological sciences, which was announced as funded yesterday! We are very excited because the three of us are into various microscopic visualisation techniques. Despite being based in different disciplines, we have found common technical ground which we are thrilled to be able to explore with some strategic seed funding ($16k) from our School. Our proposal is part of a broader 'Intrepid Methodologies' research theme, which we are excited to be contributing to.
The aim of our project is to develop a suite of complementary analytical methods based on microscopic visualisation. This analytical approach will allow bioanthropologists and archaeologists to analyse conjointly various types of archaeological materials (e.g. bones, teeth, pottery, soil/sediments, plant remains). The objective of this inter-disciplinary project is to cross the bridge between sub-disciplines and develop a holistic and integrated methodological approach able to yield valuable data from a wide range of archaeological material. The key objective of the project is to devise a decision tree-like methodological protocol that will guide the micro-analytical process through steps and relevant microscopy instruments based on the research questions asked and the material used. This methodological cascade will have at its source data from four techniques: micro-computed tomography (microCT), laser confocal topography, automated scanning electron microscopy (SEM-EDS), and thin section analysis.
We're starting lab work next week!
The ankylosis paper I posted about a few weeks ago has now been published in the International Journal of Paleopathology! I am super excited about this one because I was able to work with a multi-disciplinary team, and collaborated with colleagues in the Philippines:
Our image analysis paper is now out in AJPA! onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ajpa.24143