141.106 Practical course on Archaeometry
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2018W, LU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: LU Laboratory Exercise

Aim of course

Physical fundamentals of science-based dating in archaeology

Subject of course

Dendrochronology, luminescence dating, mass spectrometry, neutron activation analysis, radiocarbon dating, X-ray fluorescence analysis

Additional information

The course is likewise aimed at students of arts, natural sciences and engineering. It shall in particular stimulate the dialog between students from apparently distant areas of research, who are commonly interested in the application of radiation physics methods in the field of arts, geo- and archaeology.

This LVA will be provided in a series of excursion. The following institutions will be visited: 

  • Atominstitut, TU Wien: Activation Analysis, X-Ray fluorescence analysis, luminescence dating
  • VERA, Universität Wien: accelerator mass spectroscopy, C-14 dating
  • Geozentrum, Universität Wien: Dendrochronology
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien: X-Ray fluorescence analysis
  • Analytische Chemie, BOKU: ICP-MS, stable Isotopes
Participation is required, details about this will be given in the first lecture.



Course dates

Thu10:00 - 10:3018.10.2018Seminarraum AI Kick-off and Introduction
Fri14:00 - 16:3019.10.2018Seminarraum AI Molekulare Archäologie
Fri14:00 - 16:3016.11.2018 Treffpunkt Aula ATIThermolumineszenzdosimetrie
Fri14:00 - 16:3023.11.2018 Treffpunkt Aula ATINeutronenaktivierungsanalyse
Fri14:00 - 16:3030.11.2018 Geozentrum UZA II, Althanstraße 14Dendrochronologie
Fri14:00 - 16:3007.12.2018 VERA, Währinger Straße 17, im DurchgangAMS, C-14 Datierung
Fri14:00 - 16:3014.12.2018 Abteilung für analytische Chemie, BOKU, Treffpunkt Bahnhof Tulln an der DonauICP-MS, Stabile Isotopen
Fri14:00 - 16:3018.01.2019 Treffpunkt Aula ATIRöntgenfluoreszenz I
Fri14:00 - 16:3025.01.2019 KHM, Burgring 5, SeiteneingangRöntgenfluoreszenz II

Examination modalities


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
24.09.2018 09:00 18.10.2018 23:00 23.10.2018 15:00

Registration modalities

Registration for the course is completed in TISS



  • 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).

Previous knowledge

Completion of the lecture portion of the archaeometry course is recommended.


Accompanying courses

Continuative courses


  • Attendance Required!