Prior to venturing into Cambodia for fieldwork, I have been busy preparing and testing various pieces of pieces of equipment with the assistance of CI Peter Grave and university Archaeology Technical Officer Kim Newman.
One of the experiments I will be undertaking in Cambodia is a test to measure and record the temperature of soils at various depths. For this, we created a novel temperature probe utilizing iButton technology. The data generated will be utilised in calculating the effective lifetime temperature of ceramic samples, which will later be dated using the new Rehydroxylation (RHX) technique.
For the Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating technique, which is also being used by the project, it is essentially to measure the background gamma radiation of sediments. This will be done using an InSpector 1000 gamma ray spectrometer and we tested this instrument at the Yarrowyck rock art site, 30km west of Armidale.
Following all this, my bags are now packed and I am on my to Cambodia for my first ever field season there. Look forward to three months of blog posts featuring fantastic temples, vast cities and a lot of very cool artefacts!