News

2 April 2019
Through the work I am doing on the geochemical characterisation of my cores, alongisde palaeoecological analysis (Pollen, NPPS, micro-Charcoal and Phytoliths), I am trying to establish whether ancient agricultural systems in two regions of Peru; the Cordillera Blanca (Ancash Region) and the Chillón Valley (Lima and Juinin Regions), were resilient to intensive human activities and extreme periods of climate change over the past two millennia. The past 2000 years encompasses some major...
4 March 2019
Last December, BOSCORF took a selection of sediment cores to the British Sedimentological Research Group AGM at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. We provided cores to illustrate the contourite facies discussed in one of the pre-AGM sessions, in addition to taking a sample of cores we use for teaching purposes, and several from a wide range of environments that were on display throughout the first day of the conference. This provided us with an excellent opportunity to engage with new...
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10 January 2019
This study concentrates on the Zagros region during a crucial period in human history. Wide-scale transition from mobile hunter-gatherer to sedentary farmer-herder in the Fertile Crescent, during the Neolithic period, has been identified, indicating the establishment of new lifestyles and diets, including plant and animal domestication. However, despite being a region of such significance, the Zagros area has received little attention in terms of palaeoenvironmental studies....
19 November 2018
The recent announcement of the oldest ‘intact’ shipwreck from the Black Sea made international news last week (https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2018/10/oldest-intact-shipwreck-found.page). BOSCORF played an important role in this story by providing the necessary space to study the recovered ship timbers, including the recording, wood identification, laser scanning and the sampling for radiocarbon dating that was instrumental in confirming the ship dates from c.400 BC date. This was...