DescriptionThe RHOXTOR research network was inaugurated in 2008 to create an integrated focus group dedicated to the analysis and application of tephra studies, with special application to Europe, North Africa and adjacent seas and to the Quaternary stratigraphical record. It brings together colleagues with tephrochronological, volcanological and related expertise from the departments of Earth Sciences and Geography, at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the Department of Earth Sciences and the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art (RLAHA), at the University of Oxford. Once developed the RHOXTOR Database is intended to be a leading resource providing many of the European Quaternary tephra datasets that contain information on the find localities where tephra has been found, the timing of volcanic eruptions, major and minor element analytical geochemistry, plus associated reference to relevant publications.
RHOXTOR’s remit is four-fold:
1. to generate new and exciting inter-disciplinary research projects that address important questions which tephrochronological studies can help to solve;
2. to develop appropriate quality assurance protocols that improve the detection, sampling, analysis and interpretation of tephra layers;
3. to develop integrated and accessible data-bases that provide comprehensive information on the nature, geochemical characterisation, age and geographical distribution of tephra layers; and
4. to provide a state-of-the-art training hub for postgraduate students.
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