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Neutron Activation Analysis in Archaeology: Principles, Applications, and Opportunities at OSU
Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 4:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Leah Minc (Oregon State University)

Location: Cramer Hall, Room 41

Event is Free and Open to the Public

Compositional analyses of archaeological materials play a significant role in the investigation of past human behavior and ancient societies. Through trace-element characterization of artifacts, raw materials, and biological samples, archaeologists are able to address a host of questions concerning resource utilization, trade and exchange, subsistence practices, and the environmental adaptations of past cultures. The OSU Radiation Center offers an exciting opportunity to conduct compositional studies through its program in neutron activation analysis (NAA), the preferred technique for trace-element characterization in archaeological studies. Dr. Minc offers a brief overview of INAA, and illustrates how this technique is challenging long-held notions concerning political and economic developments at the core of the Aztec empire.
Leah Minc has been a Neutron Activation
Analysis Research Coordinator, Assistant Professor and Senior Researcher in the
Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State
University since 2004.

For questions, contact Virginia Butler, 5-3303 or Michael Schurke,