The Römisch-Germanische Zentralmuseum Mainz (RGZM), institutional member of the Leibniz Research Association and the newly established Laboratory for Traceology and Controlled Experiments (TraCEr) located at the MONREPOS Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution, are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher working on technological and functional analysis of Upper Palaeolithic art, i.e. engraved schist plaquettes from the Magdalenian site of Gönnersdorf (Germany). The postdoctoral research will work on the development of methodological advances in traceological analysis in combination with the experimental testing the ease of engraving, erasing and re-engraving schist plaquettes. The research project aims to build up a database for the MONREPOS traceology lab (identical engraving on slate a quantified number of times to test for techniques, strengths, depth, width of engravings and nature of image composition order). This will assist on establishing and codifying the saliency/visibility of fresh engravings in day- and low-light; undertake traceological characterisation of figurative engraved plaquettes and of the experimental replicas and compare the two in the light of their context, use and visibility.
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