HGS-HIRe Power Week on Material Science - November 2014 - Heidelberg


November 10-14, 2014


Thermochronology and Archaeometry


Ulrich Glasmacher & Coworkers (U Heidelberg)


Gerhard Burau (HGS-HIRe)

Course Information

Course Contents/Program

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 materials.

What to know & read

Special knowledge on thermochronology and archaeometry is not required. However, a thorough reading of the working group's website > 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

18:00Hotel check-in

Monday (Nov 10): Introduction & Excursion

08:00Welcome and introduction session
08:30Lecture: Introduction to geology
09:00Excursion / field trip in the vicinity of Heidelberg
17:00Return / end of day 1

Tuesday (Nov 11): Basics of Thermochronology

08:30Lecture: From the preparation to the age dating
Practical course: Preparation and visualisation of ion tracks
17:00End of day 2

Wednesday (Nov 12): Methodology of Fission Track Dating

08:30Lecture: Dating of ion tracks (fission tracks and alpha-recoil tracks)
Practical course: Natural ion tracks as dating method
17:00End of day 3

Thursday (Nov 13): Basics of t-T-Modelling and Archaeometry

08:30Lecture: The time-temperature-modelling program and interpretation
Practical course: t-T-modelling, (HeFTy, QTQt), archaeometry
17:00End of day 4

Friday (Nov 14): Modelling of Long-term Landscape Evolution

08:30Lecture: Introduction to the PECUBE software
Practical course: Modelling of long-term landscape evolution with PECUBE
17:00End of day 5

Practical Information


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.

Late arrivals

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 here >.
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 here >.


Breakfast is included in the accomodation. The other meals (lunch, dinner) will be organized locally.

What to bring

Clothing: 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.
Linen/towel/others: The rooms of the hotel have linen and towel, no need to bring them. Please bring your soap and hair dryer (if needed).
Other material 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.


  1. Gerhard Burau
  2. Loic Burr
  3. Tobias Gassner
  4. Helvi Hartmann
  5. Christian Hubert
  6. Janina Krieg
  7. Christian Länger
  8. Guillermo Fernandez Martinez
  9. Liana Movsesyan
  10. Nicole Schöppner
  11. Anne Spende
  12. Michael Wagner
  13. Marco Wiesel
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