Heidelberger Lumineszenzlabor
Geographisches Institut
Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 348
69120 Heidelberg, Germany


Dr. Annette Kadereit
Felizitas Wolf
Jutta Asmuth
Christopher Schulz
Prof. Dr. Günther A. Wagner

Luminescense Laboratory

In the summer of 2007 the Heidelberg Luminescence Laboratory was relocated from the former Research Unit Archaeometry of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences at the Max-Planck Department of Nuclear Sciences (head until June 2007: Prof. Dr. Günther A. Wagner) to the Institute of Geography of the Heidelberg University. The Heidelberg Laboratory conducts optical dating of sediments and stone surfaces as well as scientific and technological development of the optical stimulated luminescence technique.

Method Current Publications Project Cooperations

The Heidelberg Luminescence Laboratory cooperates in projects which need to establish chronometries for past landscape changes induced by environmental changes or human impact. Archives to reconstruct the history of a landscape are usually aeolian, fluvial or colluvial deposits. Sedimentary archives are usually the most important key to the past in geomorphological and geoarchaeological projects (examples 2 - 7). Man-made stoneworks may also be analyzed (example 1). In any case the assumption is that the luminescence clock was reset to zero by daylight at the time of the dating event, similar to a stop-watch, and that it started clicking anew right afterwards due to the surrounding natural radioactivity and the subsequent exclusion of light or heat impact.

Current Projects (Selection) Former Projects (Selection)
  • Prof. Olaf Bubenzer, Geographisches Institut, University of Cologne, Dr. Rudolph Kuper/Heinrich-Barth-Institut, University of Cologne & Dr. Heiko Riemer, Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology, African Archaeology, University of Cologne: Wadi Sura II – Cave of the Beasts (DFG financed project)
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