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.

2019W, LU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


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

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the principles and connections of the dating and analytical applications presented in the various excursions and explain those in a final review. 

Subject of course

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

Teaching methods

Excursions to different laboratories where guided tours and presentations will be given. Wherever possible, practial experiments will be performed.

Mode of examination


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 - 10:3017.10.2019Seminarraum AI Kick-off and Introduction
Fri14:00 - 16:3018.10.2019 VERA, im Durchgang Währinger Straße 17C-14 und AMS
Fri14:00 - 16:3008.11.2019 Treffpunkt Aula ATIRöntgenfluoreszenz I
Fri14:00 - 16:3022.11.2019 Treffpunkt Aula ATIThermolumineszenzdatierung
Fri14:00 - 16:3029.11.2019 Treffpunkt Aula ATINeutronenaktivierungsanalyse
Fri14:00 - 16:3006.12.2019 Geozentrum UZA II, Althanstraße 14Dendrochronologie
Fri14:00 - 16:3013.12.2019 wird noch geklärtICP-MS/stabile Isotopen
Fri14:00 - 16:3010.01.2020Seminarraum AI Molekulare Archäologie
Fri14:00 - 16:3024.01.2020 KHM, Burgring 5, SeiteneingangRöntgenfluoreszenz II

Examination modalities

participation and final review

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
23.09.2019 09:00 17.10.2019 23:00 22.10.2019 15:00

Registration modalities

Registration for the course is completed in TISS


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 261 Technical Physics Elective
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
412 Subject: Physics Mandatory elective
810 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
810 Technical Physics Mandatory elective


  • 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!