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Dr Michael Charlton
Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
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  • Lecturer in Archaeomaterials
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS
Lecturer in Archaeomaterials

Educational Background
PhD (UCL Institute of Archaeology, 2007). Thesis title: Ironworking in Northwest Wales: An Evolutionary Analysis
MA (University of Missouri-Columbia, 2002). Thesis title: Explaining Temporal Variation in Slag Chemistry at the Titelberg Hillfort, Luxembourg
BA in Anthropology (University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997)
Research Summary
Research Interests
Archaeological science (materials science and quantitative methods)
Preindustrial technology
Cultural transmission theory
Evolutionary archaeology
European archaeology

Research Projects and Fieldwork
2017-present: Coming Clean Project. Consulting data analyst - establishment of a statistical framework for analyzing multivariate qualitative data derived from conservation publications.
2016-present: Sudan Project Visiting researcher - investigation of ironmaking residues from Meroe, Sudan.
2015-present:  Nok Metallurgy: iron production residues in Central Nigeria. Project Director - investigation of ironmaking residues from multiple sites associated with the first millennium BC Nok archaeological culture of Central Nigeria.
2014-2016: Geochemical Provenance Mapping of Pre-Roman Ironworking sites in Britain (IRONWORKS). Research Fellow; Project Director - development of a multivariate provenance database for Pre-Roman IronAge Britain derived from chemical characterizations of bloomery slag and slag inclusions in iron objects.
2014-present: UCL Qatar Smelting Festival, Meroe Sudan. Scientific Advisor - recording, sampling and analysis of materials and operating conditions for a series of bloomery iron smelting experiments based on archaeological evidence at Meroe.
2012-present: Metallurgical Waste—Skilled Production and Environmental impact. Research Partner - analysis of metallurgical production systems and their residues to assess technological skill and long-term impacts on landscape development, ecological niches, and human health.
2003-present: Experimental Investigation of Bloomery Ironmaking Systems. Materials characterization and data analysis specialist - analysis and characterization of ironmaking products and residues derived from experimental bloomery smelting systems carried out at Plas Tan y Bwlch, Wales.
Teaching Summary
 Degree Programme Co-ordinator: MSc in Archaeological Science: Technology and Materials
 Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0098 Archaeometallurgy: Mining and Extractive Metallurgy
 Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0170 Laboratory and instrumental skills in archaeological science
Academic Background
2007   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2002   Master of Arts University of Missouri-Columbia
1997   Bachelor of Arts University of Illinois at Chicago
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