On Friday, several members of the FLAME team (current and prospective)—together with students and staff from across the School of Archaeology—visited the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield for the first Sheffield-Oxford Seminar on Cultural Materials (ShOX 2015). The meeting included presentations from Prof. John Barrett, Drs Roger Doonan and Miguel del Pino, and four current Sheffield PhD students (Roberta Mentesana, Yvette Marks, Lenore Thompson, and Kuan-Wen Wang). It was a really positive event and a great chance for students and staff to develop ideas and build new connections. We hope it will be the first of many!
The School of Archaeology already hosts a number of useful, freely accessible resources for researchers interested in the study of ancient metals and metallurgy, including the fantastic Tylecote Collection (curated on behalf of the Historical Metallurgical Society) and the OXALID Lead Isotopes Database. We have also restored access to OXSAM (a database of ancient metal analyses from Great Britain and Ireland)—(NB this resource is freely accessible, but currently remains password protected. Please contact us to arrange access).
If you have any questions about these resources, please contact us.
On the 1st of October we began a new integrated programme of archaeological research to investigate the production, use, re-use, and exchange of metal across continental Eurasia. This project, which builds on more than a decade of research and methodological development at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art at the University of Oxford—entitled FLAME: The FLow of Ancient Metal across Eurasia—has been funded for five years by a substantial grant from the European Research Council.
The project team is lead by Professor Mark Pollard and, by the end of 2016, it will consist of four postdoctoral researchers with broad regional specialisms across Eurasia and technical expertise in metallurgical analysis, archaeological chronology, and geospatial technologies.
We hope to have a website up an running in the next few months to provide general information about the project and related research resources, and we will update this blog regularly throughout the project.