November 10-14, 2014
Thermochronology and Archaeometry
Ulrich Glasmacher & Coworkers (U Heidelberg)
Gerhard Burau (HGS-HIRe)
Thermochronology and archaeometry are fascinating research fields combining various scientific techniques and methods
developed in applied physics, material science and geoscience. Low-temperature thermochronology allows determining the
long-term landscape evolution in a variety of tectonic settings: active orogens, rift zones, active and passive continental
margins, and sedimentary basins. Archaeometry is an interdisciplinary field that represents the interface between archaeology
and the natural science. It consist of the application of scientific techniques and methodologies to archaeological and historical
What to know & read
Special knowledge on thermochronology and archaeometry is not required. However, a thorough reading of the working group's
is helpful and recommended.
What to bring
Please bring weatherproof, worn out clothing and sturdy shoes since parts of the course will be outdoor activities and practical work in the laboratory.
Furthermore, please bring your own laptop. You will need it for some of the practical courses.
Sunday (Nov 09): Individual Travel to Heidelberg
|18:00||Hotel check-in |
Monday (Nov 10): Introduction & Excursion
|08:00||Welcome and introduction session|
|08:30||Lecture: Introduction to geology|
|09:00||Excursion / field trip in the vicinity of Heidelberg|
|17:00||Return / end of day 1|
Tuesday (Nov 11): Basics of Thermochronology
|08:30||Lecture: From the preparation to the age dating|
| ||Practical course: Preparation and visualisation of ion tracks|
|17:00||End of day 2|
Wednesday (Nov 12): Methodology of Fission Track Dating
|08:30||Lecture: Dating of ion tracks (fission tracks and alpha-recoil tracks)|
| ||Practical course: Natural ion tracks as dating method|
|17:00||End of day 3|
Thursday (Nov 13): Basics of t-T-Modelling and Archaeometry
|08:30||Lecture: The time-temperature-modelling program and interpretation|
| ||Practical course: t-T-modelling, (HeFTy, QTQt), archaeometry|
|17:00||End of day 4|
Friday (Nov 14): Modelling of Long-term Landscape Evolution
|08:30||Lecture: Introduction to the PECUBE software|
| ||Practical course: Modelling of long-term landscape evolution with PECUBE|
|17:00||End of day 5|
Arrival and hotel check-in in Heidelberg on Sunday, November 09, in the evening between 17:00 and 21:00 is possible and strongly recommended.
The scientific program of the power week starts with a welcome and introduction session in room 408 (see venue) on Monday morning at 8:00 sharp.
The power week will close on Friday late afternoon.
If you will arrive late please contact the coordinator in advance.
The power week will be held directly at the Institute of Earth Sciences (Institut für Geowissenschaften) at the University of Heidelberg.
The address is: Im Neuenheimer Feld 234, 69120 Heidelberg. The website of the institute including a site plan can be found
Accommodation in a hotel has been organized separately (see information below).
Travel to Heidelberg should be on Sunday, November 09, in the early evening. Hotel check-in is possible between 17:00 and 21:00.
Please arrange for individual travel to the location. We encourage to use public transport or car pools.
Accomodation in twin bed rooms is booked in the B&B Hotel Heidelberg, Rudolf-Diesel-Straße 7, 69115 Heidelberg.
Five overnight stays from Sunday to Friday at this hotel are included in the power week.
The website of the hotel can be found
Breakfast is included in the accomodation. The other meals (lunch, dinner) will be organized locally.
What to bring
The power week will be very informal, so only casual attire is necessary. Additionally, please bring worn out clothing
and sturdy shoes since parts of the course will be ourdoor activities and practical work in the laboratory.
The rooms of the hotel have linen and towel, no need to bring them. Please bring your soap and hair dryer (if needed).
Please bring sufficient amounts of writing materials (paper etc.).
Wireless internet access is available at the University of Heidelberg via eduroam. The hotel offers WLAN free of charge. Please bring your own laptop.
All basic expenses are covered by HGS-HIRe.
You only have to pay for local expenses (meals, drinks, etc.).
Though this trip will not generate any costs for your supervisor or group please
do not forget to file a trip request so you are covered by insurance during the
power week. Please ask the secretary of your official supervisor at the university
for the appropriate form.
- Gerhard Burau
- Loic Burr
- Tobias Gassner
- Helvi Hartmann
- Christian Hubert
- Janina Krieg
- Christian Länger
- Guillermo Fernandez Martinez
- Liana Movsesyan
- Nicole Schöppner
- Anne Spende
- Michael Wagner
- Marco Wiesel