Workshop announcement: Advances in micro-sampling techniques of human archaeological skeletal remains

Goals: Micro-sampling of human archaeological bones and teeth for geochemical characterization is arguably one of the most exciting and promising developments in the field of bioarchaeology since the introduction of the first geochemical testing on human bone in the 1970s. The goals of the workshop are the following:

  1. To exchange experience on the techniques of laboratory processing;
  2. To share information on recent work; and
  3. To assess the potential range of future archaeological applications;

Place: Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Préhistoire Europe Afrique, Aix-Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence, France

Dates: Monday to Tuesday, February 25–26, 2016

Sponsors: A*Midex (Initiative d’excellence Aix-Marseille) and Baikal–Hokkaido Archaeology Project.

Organizing committee:

  1. A. Weber, U of Alberta/Aix-Marseille U,
  2. G. Goude, Aix-Marseille U,
  3. E. Herrscher, Aix-Marseille U,
  4. R. Schulting, U of Oxford,


Thursday, 25 February, 2016

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome – Prof A. Weber (Chair), Prof. J-P. Bracco and Dr E. Herrscher (Directors of the LAMPEA)

9:15 – 9:45 P. Sandberg, J. Lee-Thorp, High-resolution stable light isotope sequences in human enamel: where to point the laser?

9:45 – 10:15 A. Czermak, How ”micro” can we sample? Imaging-controlled micro-sampling of dentin

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 11:15 I. Fraser-Shapiro, Resolving mobility patterns in complex biogeochemical environments

10:15 – 11:45 G. Eriksson, K. Lidén, Sorting out mobility from diet with microsampling: some preliminary dental enamel 87Sr / 86Sr data obtained by laser-ablation MC-ICP-MS

11:10 – 12:30 Discussion

14:00 – Discussion: General methodological/technical issues. Chairs: J. Montgomery, R. Schulting

Friday, 26 February, 2016

9:15 – 9:45 J. Montgomery, Identifying sheep transhumance and mobility: lessons from an isotopic study of known modern analogues

9:45 – 10:15 O. Craig, Recovering genomic and proteomic records of diet in human remains

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 11:15 I. Fraser-Shapiro, Bone micro-sampling: refining the evidence from adult years of life

10:15 – 11:45 A. Weber, R. Schulting, O.I. Goriunova, V.I. Bazaliiskii, Middle Holocene hunter–gatherers in Cis-Baikal, Siberia: a case for micro-sampling molar dentin

11:45 – 12:30 Discussion

14:00 – Theoretical issues. Chairs: P. Jordan, A. Weber