Dr Rachel Wood

DPhil. (Archaeological Science)
ARC DECRA Post-Doctoral Fellow
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research interests

Radiocarbon dating, Archaeological chronologies, Diagenesis of biological materials

Palaeolithic archaeology, Neolithic archaeology, Australian archaeoloy


After completing a DPhil at the University of Oxford on the radiocarbon dating of late Neanderthals and early modern humans in Iberia I moved to the ANU, and until 2015 was responsible for the preparation of samples for radiocarbon dating in the ANU radiocarbon facility. In both Iberia and many locations in Australia and South East Asia, preservation of bone collagen (the fraction of bone targeted for radiocarbon) is exceptionally poor, hampering accurate dating of human and faunal material. My DECRA aims to examine diagenesis of tooth enamel to determine whether it might be possible to obtain accurate dates directly on skeletal material where collagen does not survive. Radiocarbon dates on enamel are often found to be inaccurate, and this project aims to find out why and investigate how to remove or avoid the contamination.

Current student projects

Maddie Llewellin (studying for MSc. Archaeological Science): Investigating a screening method for detecting whether charcoal will survive the radiocarbon dating ABA pretreatment protocol.




Projects and Grants

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