Current research projects undertaken by researchers in the Oxford Luminescence Dating Laboratory include:

  • Megalake records of Kalahari climate change: testing the asymmetry of African Humid Periods
  • Floods, droughts and human occupation of the upper Zambezi Valley, Zambia
  • Landscape archaeology of the Kalahari: How did major hydrological shifts affect Stone Age environmental use in the late Quaternary?
  • Dating the Desert: Dune dynamics in central southern Africa
  • Sand ramps as palaeoenvironmental archives: a southern African perspective
  • Determining dryland landscape sensitivity to natural and human disturbances using OSL techniques, Nebraska Sandhills
  • Reconstructing late Quaternary palaeo-environments in the Indian sub-continent
  • Quaternary of the Thar Desert in India: understanding the history of dune accumulation
  • Quantifying fluvial-aeolian process interactions in Central Australia
  • Understanding changing Holocene fluvial activity and Bronze Age archaeological change in Kazakhstan
  • Age and provenance of Central European loess
  • Modelling fundamental processes associated with the production of luminescence signals in quartz
  • Statistical modelling of absorbed dose distributions and implications for the accuracy of age determinations
  • Developing the dose rate and age calculator (DRAC)
  • Optimising the luminescence signal from quartz for dating applications