ACRA Webinar on Bones: Isotopes in Dating, Diets and Migration Studies

Live Webinar: April 14, 2022 – 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time

Presenters: Prof. James Watson (Arizona State Museum Associate Director) & Maren Pauly, PhD (Scientific Associate for Beta Analytic & Isobar Science)

This webinar is hosted by the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA).

During this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Ethical considerations when handling bone samples
  • Dating bone samples through C-14 and U-Th methods 
  • Quality factors when selecting samples
  • Common issues (e.g. marine reservoir effect, diagenesis and elemental exchange)
  • Isotopic studies (e.g. carbon and nitrogen, oxygen, phosphate, strontium, neodymium, and lead isotopes)

About the Experts: 

James Watson, PhD (Associate Director, Arizona State Museum) – Prof. Watson is Arizona State Museum’s Curator of Bioarchaeology and a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

Maren Pauly, PhD (Scientific Associate for Beta Analytic & Isobar Science) – Dr. Pauly is a paleoclimatologist who completed her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees at the University of Waterloo in Canada and her PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research experience includes reconstructing climate from modern corals and subfossil tree-rings as well as Late Glacial radiocarbon calibration.

More on ACRA

ACRA is a national trade association supporting and promoting the common interests of cultural resource management (CRM) firms. 

ACRA & Beta Analytic’s first webinar collaboration presented the basics of radiocarbon dating. The webinar is available on demand for a fee.

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