New Frontiers in Heritage Science Project awarded £111,006 in funding

Posted on 8 November 2019

Funds will be used to purchase a high-spec SEM-EDX microscope for the PalaeoHub

Scanning Electron Microscope image of the Star Carr Pendant

An exciting new project aiming to bring together researchers working on Heritage and Environmental science has been awarded £111,006 by the University of York’s University Research Priming funding scheme. The Project is led by Dr Aimée Little, with collaborators from arts, humanities and science departments across the university, making the New Frontiers in Heritage Science a truly interdisciplinary project. This award will fund the purchase of a high-spec SEM-EDX microscope, to be housed in PalaeoHub. We expect the equipment will have interdisciplinary applications, including heritage/conservation materials (e.g. glass), environmental samples (e.g. microfossils) and archaeological material (e.g. prehistoric art/engravings), placing York at the cutting-edge of microscopic Environmental and Heritage Science research. Collaborating researchers include Prof. Michael White  and Ms Susan Brown (History of Art), Prof. Roland Gehrels and Prof. Mark Hodson, (Environment & Geography), Roland kroger (Physics), Dr Kirsty Penkman (Chemistry) Prof. Paul O’Higgins (HYMS) and Archaeology staff (Prof. Oliver Craig and Dr Aimée Little).