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The IsoArcH association is open to all, without distinction of any kind. By signing up for membership, a member agrees to adhere to the articles of the Association. The membership is per calendar year and is non-refundable except for technical issues.
The annual fee subscription is fixed at 25€. It can be paid by bank transfer to the Euro bank account of the association :
- Beneficiary : IsoArcH Association
- IBAN / BIC: FR76 1679 8000 0100 0017 2082 486 / TRZOFR21XXX
- Payment details: “IsoArcH – Membership ______ (include year) for ______ (give your name)”
- Bank address : 41 Rue de Prony, 75017 Paris, France
Or by PayPal or TransferWise instant money transfer using the following email address: [email protected].
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The scientific approach of AMGC-VUB focuses on biogeochemical tracers, such as elemental concentrations (Cd, Pb, PGE etc.) and isotopic ratios (D/H, 18O/16O, 13C/12C, 15N/14N, 87Sr/88Sr, etc.) measured on a substrate (e.g. mineral phase, fossil, mussel-shell, teeth, seawater, plankton, ice cores etc.) to infer specific (paleo)environmental parameters and characterize past or ongoing environmental changes different time scales, the short and/or long-term effects of these modifications on the Global Earth System. The analyses in close conjunction with modern and ancient global changes, including anthropogenic pollution are highly complementary and mutually beneficial. Ongoing changes are monitored and documented at very high resolution, while the geological record traces the evolution of these changes through time, providing an extra dimension, missing from modern data. To address these challenges, innovative analytical procedures are continuously being developed using the facilities available at the VUB and applied to various earth, environmental and pollution problems.
The Brussels Bioarchaeology Lab (BB-LAB) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), Belgium, regroups researchers focussing on the study of human, animal and plant remains from archaeological contexts using a wide range of methods going from isotope geochemistry and spatial modelling to archaeobotany and osteoarchaeology. The members of the BB-LAB have backgrounds in archaeology, (geo)chemistry, history and biology, bringing together expertise from a wide range of fields and aiming at answering key questions about our past. Established in 2021 by Christophe Snoeck to increase the synergy between researchers carrying out bioarchaeological research, the BB-LAB is a sub-group of the Analytical, Environmental and Geo-Chemistry Research unit (AMGC) and the Multidisciplinary Archaeological Research Institute (MARI). The on-going projects carried out by the members of the BB-LAB are covering all of Europe and range from the Mesolithic to the Modern Period. The BB-LAB can rely on the impressive analytical arsenal available at the VUB to carry out state-of-the-art bioarchaeological research.
The tendency for isotope analysis to become an indispensable method in archaeological research has continued in cultural heritage research and forensic investigation. Therefore, a small research group within the Geology & Geochemistry cluster is focused on the scientific analysis of archaeological material (organics and inorganics), cultural heritage, and forensic samples to aid human identification processes. The Isotope Archaeology & Forensics group at VU is the only research unit in the Netherlands with the requisite staff, experience, and facilities to carry out these varied geochemical analyses.
Staff members of the Institute of Archaeology (IoA) at the University of Gdańsk lead and collaborate in various research projects in which biomolecular methods are applied to study human, animal and plant remains from archaeological record. Moreover, archaeological sciences are applied extensively by the research group within the Conservation Laboratory. IoA has a well-established collaborative network in Europe and world-wide, participating in the European University of the Seas (SEA-EU) alliance. Since 2023, it collaborates with the Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU) at the University of Bristol (School of Chemistry), UK. The on-going projects carried out by IoA’s staff are focusing on northern Poland and the southern basin of the Baltic Sea, as well as the Eurasian steppe, Greece and Aegean Islands, and the Near East.
IsoArcH has put in place a number of agreements with third-party companies or institutions in order to provide our members with access to their services on beneficial terms. The current range of opportunities is set out on this page.
We thank third-party companies and institutions for their support. Please note that IsoArcH assumes no liability or responsibility arising in the context of the relationship between its members and the service providers listed on this page. Benefits are subject to change at the discretion of the Association’s Board of Directors.
All IsoArcH members can have a 10% discount on its products (elemental analysis consumables, lab equipment) and services (elemental and stable isotope analyses).
All IsoArcH members can have a 10% discount on the AMS Radiocarbon dating services provided by KIK-IRPA.
elected on 12/04/2022
Dr Kevin Salesse – President
Dr Lisette Kootker – Vice-President
Dr Esther Plomp – Secretary General
Dr Francesca Fulminante – Treasurer
Dr Chris Stantis – Communications Officer
Dr Aleksa Alaica
Dr Christina Cheung
Dr Hannah James
Dr Lisette Kootker
Dr Esther Plomp
Dr Łukasz Pospieszny
Dr Diana Moreiras Reynaga
Dr Rihannon Stevens