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Archaeology meets science

A collaboration between private and academic sectors trained young researchers to integrate traditional archaeological approaches and scientific techniques.
Archaeology meets science
A need for researchers who have an interdisciplinary background in the realm of archaeology prompted the launch of the EU-funded NARNIA (New archaeological research network for integrating approaches to ancient material studies) project. The work was founded on the notion that comprehensive archaeological studies are best when combining traditional methods with analytical means. A primary focus was on ancient ceramics, glass, copper and its alloys, architecture and building decoration.

The main aim was to develop a new generation of scholars capable of understanding interdisciplinary projects, including those from natural and digital sciences. The fieldwork-lab correlation plays an important part in their ability to integrate techniques in order to enhance their knowledge of the archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean. This is a region of great historical, cultural and geopolitical significance.

Included in the research platform were nine partners – six academic institutions, one research centre and two private enterprises. They included archaeologists, conservators, physicists, chemists, engineers and information technology analysts. Each offered their expertise in training and research. Doctoral research and training courses were included. Twenty fellows developed lab-based skills required for the study of ancient materials.

Practical/laboratory training and theoretical training were part of arriving at a code of best practice to further future research and educational collaboration. Courses attracted the interest of the wider research community. Consequently, they were attended by young and more experienced researchers outside the project network as well.

Important synergies were a result of overlapping areas. Results have been disseminated via conferences and peer-review journals. A book is also available through the project website, which itself can be a source for assisting those outside the network.

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