Doing ­pXRF Right: An intermediate course for Archaeologists

May 17-19, 2016, UGA’s Center for Applied Isotope Studies

Focusing primarily on the quantitative bulk chemical analysis of archaeological materials using portable X-ray spectrometry, this course provides in-depth, hands on training in the strengths and limitations of energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence spectrometry for culture historical applications. Through interactive lectures and practicums, the course is designed to help transform current users into adept analysts. This course is not sponsored by any manufacturer. However, we will only be working with Bruker Tracer model instruments.

Course Overview

  • Day 1 pXRF Basics & Developing Analytical Protocols
  • Day 2 Building Matrix Matched Calibrations & Data Analysis
  • Day 3 Optimizing Instrument Performance & One-on-One Tutorials

Cost for the three day course is $500 and includes all instruction materials, lunch and an afternoon snack.

Space is limited to 10 participants, so register early. Download the registration form may be found here.

YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN pXRF WITH YOU TO THE COURSE

Dr. Jeff Speakman & Dr. Alice Hunt between them have more than 30 years of experience analyzing archaeological materials, working with bulk chemical data and have recently turned their attention to optimizing the performance of pXRF spectrometers for archaeological research.

Check out their latest paper:
Hunt & Speakman 2015 Journal of Archaeological Science 53: 1-13