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141.399 Archaeometry: physical methods of dating
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC
Lecture TubeTUWEL


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • LectureTube course
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the following archaeometrical methods, including inherent limitations, applications and dating range:

  • radiocarbon dating
  • archaeological chronology
  • dendrochronology
  • thermoluminescence dating
  • provenancing
  • dating with radioactive decay
  • nuclear track dating
  • archaeomagnetism
  • ESR

Subject of course

Aspects of archaeological chronologies; dendrology; radiocarbon dating; luminescence dating; potassium-argon dating; lead-white dating; nuclear track dating; archaeomagnetism; electron spin resonance, provenancing.

Teaching methods

This semester the lecture will be held in hybrid form. Please sign up so I can enter you into the course on TUWEL. I will provide Videos and regular ZOOM meetings for Q&A sessions.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Wed09:30 - 09:4506.10.2021Hörsaal AI - TPH Vorbesprechung
Wed14:00 - 16:0020.10.2021 - 26.01.2022Hörsaal AI - TPH Fragestunde
Archaeometry: physical methods of dating - Single appointments
Wed06.10.202109:30 - 09:45Hörsaal AI - TPH Vorbesprechung
Wed20.10.202114:00 - 16:00Hörsaal AI - TPH Fragestunde
Wed03.11.202114:00 - 16:00Hörsaal AI - TPH Fragestunde
Wed10.11.202114:00 - 16:00Hörsaal AI - TPH Fragestunde
Wed17.11.202114:00 - 16:00Hörsaal AI - TPH Fragestunde
Wed24.11.202114:00 - 16:00Hörsaal AI - TPH Fragestunde
Wed01.12.202114:00 - 16:00Hörsaal AI - TPH Fragestunde
Wed15.12.202114:00 - 16:00Hörsaal AI - TPH Fragestunde
Wed12.01.202214:00 - 16:00Hörsaal AI - TPH Fragestunde
Wed19.01.202214:00 - 16:00Hörsaal AI - TPH Fragestunde
Wed26.01.202214:00 - 16:00Hörsaal AI - TPH Fragestunde

Examination modalities

oral exam


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Tue10:00 - 12:0018.10.2022 Treffpunkt Aula ATI, 5 Minuten vor Slotbeginnoral20.09.2022 12:00 - 17.10.2022 20:00TISSPrüfung VO Archäometrie
Tue10:00 - 12:0029.11.2022 Treffpunkt Aula ATI, 5 Minuten vor Slotbeginnoral01.11.2022 12:00 - 28.11.2022 20:00TISSPrüfung VO Archäometrie
Tue10:00 - 12:0013.12.2022 Treffpunkt Aula ATI, 5 Minuten vor Slotbeginnoral15.11.2022 12:00 - 12.12.2022 20:00TISSPrüfung VO Archäometrie
Tue10:00 - 12:0024.01.2023 Treffpunkt Aula ATI, 5 Minuten vor Slotbeginnoral27.12.2022 12:00 - 23.01.2023 20:00TISSAbschlussprüfung WS22

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
26.09.2021 00:00 17.10.2021 23:59

Registration modalities

Please sign up via TISS so that I get an estimate on the number of participants. It also makes communication much easier.



Course notes are available from the lecturer.

Further literature:

  • M. J. Aitken, Physics and Archaeology, Oxford University Press (1975).
  • M. J. Aitken, Science-based Dating in Archaeology, Longman (1990).
  • G. Artioli, Scientific Methods and Cultural Heritage, Oxford University Press (2010).
  • P. Craddock, Scientific Investigation of Copies, Fakes and Forgeries, Butterworth Heinemann (2009).
  • G. A. Wagner, Einführung in die Archäometrie, Springer (2007).

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses