6th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology

Niklas Hausmann attended this meeting on 27–30 August and presented a poster on new laser techniques of palaeoclimatic analysis.

ISBA is a key meeting place for researchers in archaeological science and for discussing new advances in biomolecular technology. This year's meeting took place in Basel, Switzerland.

Niklas presented a poster on the most recent results of research on the application of laser ablation to the analysis of marine gastropods in the Farasan Islands, entitled 'Using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) to investigate prehistoric eating habits in Saudi Arabia' .

This technique holds considerable promise for low cost and non-destructive analysis of marine mollusc shell for reconstructions of palaeoclimate and seasonality.

The research is being conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser at the Foundation of Research and Technology - Hellas (IESL- FORTH), based at Heraklion in Crete.

For a copy of the poster click here: ISBA_Poster