The Fitch Laboratory provides premium facilities for science-based archaeological research across the Mediterranean, promoting the BSA’s ability to link the humanities and social sciences with the natural sciences. The laboratory’s mission is to support the study of material culture, society and landscape, from early prehistory to modern times, through the integrated use of scientific methods and techniques. It achieves this through:
- a programme of research undertaken as part of wider BSA projects or in collaboration with other UK- and Greek-based institutions, as well as with universities and research centres in Europe and beyond;
- the provision of funding for research at the Fitch, ranging from postdoctoral fellowships to support for visiting researchers and postgraduates (consult the Funding section to see the range of opportunities available; see the current award holders);
- an academic programme of seminars, lectures, and conferences. The Events pages list the dedicated Fitch Wiener seminars in science-based archaeology, and the School's other events often feature Fitch researchers;
- the provision of training courses for postgraduates - follow the link;
- promoting the use of its reference collections by the scholarly community worldwide. The Fitch collections are increasingly being added to the School's Online database of its Museum and Archival collections.
The Fitch Laboratory has pioneered the application of thin section petrology to ceramic research in Greece and is today the leading petrography centre in the region. Over the last four decades it has built up an unparalleled reference collection of archaeological and geological samples, relevant not only to Greece but the wider Eastern Mediterranean Region. The Fitch has also been one of the first laboratories in the region applying chemical analysis to archaeological research, as early as the mid 1970ies. Through the years it has continuously upgraded facilities to keep abreast of latest developments in the field. So ensures, for example, the laboratory’s new top of the range WD-XRF spectrometer in combination with a dedicated calibration for the analysis of archaeological ceramics and related materials, the high quality data required to successfully tackle archaeological investigations. The laboratory’s staff and associates are actively involved in a broad range of exciting projects at the frontier of science-based archaeological research. Apart from promoting research into a wide range of inorganic archaeological materials, with a focus on - and proven excellence in – the study of ceramic provenance and technology, the laboratory is also uniquely positioned to support research into plant and animal ecology and ancient diet studies through its dedicated reference collections.
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