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How museum objects might help to improve building design

April 19, 2013

Showcase lectures are all about the latest museum-based research.

The next Showcase lecture is on Wednesday 24 April at 3pm, where Sarah-Jane Clelland will be discussing how sampling of finds from archaeological digs held in the Museum collections may provide a way to improve building design.

The talk is drop in, so please come along.

Showcase lecture: Scientific dating of fired-clay materials: an introduction to rehydroxylation dating

Wednesday 24th April, Kanaris Lecture Theatre, lecture 3-4, please join us for coffee and tea in the Kanaris Foyer after the lecture .

This presentation will describe how rehydroxylation (RHX) dating originated from research into improving building design and by using instrumentation developed for the food industry, successfully estimated the age of building materials made of fired-clay. The ability to directly date archaeological fired-clay material has potentially significant implications for archaeology worldwide and current research into RHX is attempting to transfer RHX dating to archaeological fired-clay material.

Sarah-Jane Clelland, Research Associate

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

University of Manchester

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