Behind the Scenes: GRA During the Holidays

Curious about what we’ve been up to at GRA?  Well, here’s a peek:

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Here are a couple members of the team collecting data out in New Jersey earlier this month.  If you tuned in for “Extreme Archaeology” in October, then you’ll remember that the cold is no deterrent to an archaeologist in the field  – although if you ask Joe and Acacia, pictured above, they could’ve done without the frostbite!

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Last Friday we had the opportunity of showing our lab in Brooklyn to Dr. Stanton Green and Edward Gonzalez-Tennant, of Monmouth University.  Dr. Gonzalez-Tennant recently oversaw a fascinating workshop in Lavallette on how to record the personal histories of survivors of Hurricane Sandy, which you can read about here.

One of our members also participated in an XRF workshop at Brooklyn College.  The workshop was run by Dr. Bruce Kaiser, Ph.D., Chief Scientist at Bruker Elemental.  In addition to seeing how Brucker’s XRF machine worked (pretty amazing in fact), we were able to get a crash course in XRF analysis and see first hand demonstrations of its applications in Archaeology, Physical Anthropology, Geology, and Conservation.  It was a long and intensely information packed day, but we’re excited about the prospects XRF offers for our continuing Riverside analysis!

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