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Annual report 2022

Welcome to the Annual Report 2022 of the Curt Engelhorn Centre for Archaeometry. Once again this year, we would like to invite you to take a look at our activities and research projects of the past year.

The year in review

In addition to a wide range of projects, 2022 was characterised by forward-looking preparatory work in various areas. For example, the expansion of the Klaus Tschira Laboratory for physical age determination with the acquisition of a second AMS MICADAS has kept us very busy since the middle of the year. This investment is a decisive step towards underlining our leading position as an independent provider of 14C analyses and ensuring that we can continue to process the number of samples in the future while maintaining the same quality within reasonable time frames. With over 5,000 samples, 2022 brought us more 14C sample submissions than ever before, with the determination of biogenic fractions using the radiocarbon method playing an increasingly important role.

The preparation of the dendrochronology follow-up project funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation also required extensive and intensive preparatory work, but the goal of processing the incredible treasure of the Hohenheim tree-ring collection, which has been housed in Mannheim since 2021, and digitising the data was worth the effort. This is the only way we can make the “treasure” accessible to national and international research. We were delighted that the Klaus Tschira Foundation approved the project, which shows its confidence in the CEZA’s capabilities, and with the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions, which also had us firmly in their grip for more than two years and had a strong impact on our work, but did not hinder it, we were able to go on research trips, attend conferences and meet our customers in person more freely and independently again in 2022. The regained freedom of movement was particularly helpful for our mobile laser technology (pLA). This enabled us to continue and finalise the “Mycenaean Gold” and “Koson Statere” projects, in which samples were taken in museums from objects that were not allowed to be transported.

In May 2022, the participants in the international research project “Celtic gold jewellery in the western part of the Latène culture” presented the results at a final conference. Our innovative pLA was also used here and we are proud to have been part of this project. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to all our employees, because without their tireless efforts, much of what we, as an outstanding internationally active institute, have to accomplish within a year would not be possible. We hope all readers enjoy reading our Annual Report 2022.

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