Mark Pollard is broadly interested in the applications of chemical analysis within arhaeology. This includes chemical analysis of archaeological materials (metal, glass, ceramics, etc.), heavy isotope studies (Pb and Sr) in inorganic and organic materials, and also stable isotope (carbon and nitrogen) analysis of human bone and dental tissue. He is particularly interested in understanding processes, such as the source of variation of carbon and nitrogen isotopes in bone collagen. He is also interested in degradation processes (e.g., rates of degradation of wood and other organics in archaeological contexts), and the use of isotopes as tracers for such processes.
This supervisor is not currently accepting D.Phil students.