The candidate will work on developing and applying improved methodologies for radiocarbon dating of bone and other biominerals by isolating specific amino acids, using material from Palaeolithic archaeological sites in Eurasia. In addition, they will, where appropriate, apply other scientific methods including ZooMS, stable isotope geochemistry and ancient genomics, to answer questions relating to the replacement of Neanderthals and/or Denisovans by anatomically modern humans between 60-30,000 years ago. The position would suit someone motivated to undertake cutting-edge research into aspects of the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition and the complexities of the expansion and extinction of different forms of human. Training in radiocarbon dating and its application to archaeology, pretreatment chemistry and the Bayesian modeling of radiocarbon dates will be given, but prior experience would be an advantage.
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