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Luminescence Dating Laboratory - Projects

The Luminescence Group at MPI-EVA is involved in dating projects in the following regions:

  • Central and Eastern Europe including Russia
  • Southern Europe
  • Levant
  • Northern Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • Eastern Africa

Projects and involved persons:

1) Central and Eastern Europe

Middle- and Upper Pleistocene landscape evolution and early human dispersal in central Germany – chronological investigations on Saalian- and Elsterian sediment archives in the type region

  • Tobias Lauer & Marcel Weiß et al. (MPI EVA)
  • Thomas Weber (Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt) 
  • Stefan Wansa & Roland Wimmer (Landesamt für Geologie und Bergwesen Sachsen-Anhalt)
  • Jutta Winsemann & Jörg Lang (Geological Department, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)
  • Wolfgang Bernhardt

Bilzingsleben, Germany

Ranis, Germany

Middle to Upper Paleolithic open-air sites in central and Eastern Europe
(Poland and Russia)

  • Tobias Lauer & Marcel Weiß et al. (MPI EVA)
  • Andrzej Wiśniewski (University of Worclav, Poland)
  • Aleksander K. Otcherednoy (Institute for the History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia)

2) Southern Europe

Grotta dei Santi (Mousterian, Italy):

Abric de la Consagració rockshelter (Spain) - Middle Paleolithic up to Mesolithic

Vanguard Cave (Gibraltar) – Middle to Upper Paleolithic

  • Nina Dörschner, Jean-Jacques Hublin (MPI EVA)
  • Kathryn Fitzsimmons (MPI for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany)
  • Clive Finlayson, Geraldine Finlayson (The Gibraltar Museum, Gibraltar)
  • Ruth Blasco (CENIEH, Spain)
  • Joaquín Rogríguez-Vidal (Universidad de Huelva, Spain)
  • Jordi Rosell (URV Tarragona, Spain)

3) Levant

Ain Difla (Jordan) - hominin adaptation during in the Middle and Late Pleistocene in the Southern Jordan Rift Valley

4) Northern Africa

Rhafas Cave (north-western Morocco)
– MSA to Neolithic

  • Nina Dörschner, Shannon McPherron, Jean-Jacques Hublin (MPI EVA)
  • Kathryn Fitzsimmons (MPI for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany)
  • Abdeljalil Bouzouggar (INSAP, Rabat, Morocco)
  • Teresa Steele (University of California Davis, USA)
  • Peter Ditchfield (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Sue McLaren (University of Leicester, UK)
  • Christoph Zielhofer (University of Leipzig, Germany)

Thomas Quarries (Atlantic Morocco) – Acheulian and MSA

  • Nina Dörschner, Jean-Jacques Hublin (MPI EVA)
  • Jean-Paul Raynal (Université Bordeaux, France)
  • Abderrahim Mohib (INSAP, Rabat, Morocco)

5) Southern Africa

Montagu Cave – South Africa (African Middle Stone Age and Acheulean)

6) Eastern Africa

Koobi Fora – Kenya

7) Methodology

Infrared-radiofluorescence dating – challenges and potential

Single grain quartz dating – OSL signal characteristics and dose recovery properties

  • Debra Colarossi & Nina Dörschner, (MPI EVA)
  • Kathryn Fitzsimmons (MPI for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany)
  • Marion Hernandez

Single grain feldspar dating - fundamental principles of post-infrared infrared stimulated luminescence

  • Debra Colarossi (MPI EVA)
  • Geoff Duller & Helen Roberts (Aberystwyth University)

Comparison of multiple grain and single grain luminescence dating of quartz and feldspar

  • Debra Colarossi (MPI EVA)
  • Geoff Duller & Helen Roberts (Aberystwyth University)