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Research in Geoarchaeology at the University of Georgia involves many specialty areas of Earth Science – from sedimentology to shallow geophysics. Erv Garrison’s research includes the study of coastal and marine prehistoric archaeological sites and the reconstruction of Pleistocene landscapes and sea level, using techniques ranging from geoprospection to paleobiology. The Geoarchaeology Program at UGA is interdisciplinary and involves faculty from Geology, Geography, Anthropology, and Classic Studies.

 

Labs associated with Geoarchaeology

Location: Room 303 Geology Geography Building, 210 Field Street, Athens, GA 30601

Clays and clay minerals are the most abundant reactive solids on the Earth's surface. Understanding clays minerals involves the detailed crystal-chemical characterization of their structure, particularly as…

Location: Room 322 Geology Geography Building, 210 Field Street, Athens, GA 30601

The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) lab primarily supports geological, archeological, and geomicrobiological research and is for student training at the University of Georgia (UGA).

The current XRD…

Personnel

Research Interests Geoarchaeological and paleoecological studies of prehistoric marine and coastal sites – Georgia, Europe. Shallow geophysics – archaeological, hazards and environmental studies Directed Research Masters and Doctoral-level studies in a variety of student interests in archaeological geology, archaeometry and archaeological…

Clays and clay minerals are nature's most common nano-material. The study of both natural and synthetic nano-composites made up of clays and organics offers great promise for the discovery of new materials for use in medical, pharmaceutical, and material industries. Knowledge of clays is essential for the exploration and exploitation of…

Radiocarbon dating; isotope and trace-element geochemistry; archaeological science; environmental studies (heavy metals/industrial pollution and global and prehistoric climate change); terminal Pleistocene archaeology; prehistory of the Northern Plains, American Southwest, Alaska, and Northeast Asia; contact and acculturation, scientific method…