Presentation of VIAS in the Journal IANSA

A Backstory Article on VIAS has been published in the journal IANSA (Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica – Natural Sciences in Archaeology). The article presents the work and research activities of VIAS and can be downloaded as PDF file here

International Workshop

Alpine Copper in the Vinschgau

Date: May 28th – 29 2021

Place: Online (YouTube Channel of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum)

Organisers: Mathias Mehofer (VIAS - University of Vienna) and Thomas Koch Waldner (Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum)


Researcher joins VIAS

In November 2020, postdoctoral researcher Dr Magdalena Blanz joined the VIAS group. She is working in Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Maria Ivanova-Bieg's project Farmers without Borders: Ecological perspectives on the spread of animal husbandry from the Mediterranean to southeast Europe (6500-5500 BC), funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung.

Magdalena's research focusses on the analysis of bioarchaeological remains (e.g. bones, teeth, cereal grains) and modern reference collections by means of isotope ratio and trace element mass spectrometry. She undertook her doctoral research at the Orkney Archaeology Institute (Scotland), where she further developed methods of identifying seaweed consumption in archaeological contexts and studied the effects of seaweed fertilisation on grain crops. For her Master's degree in chemistry, Magdalena researched diagenetic markers for strontium isotope ratio analyses of human remains.