Research Projects

Dating Paleoindian sites in Brazil and elsewhere

Dating of ceramics and fire-modified rock

Dating rock alignments in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains


The University of Washington Luminescence Dating Laboratory has been involved in luminescence dating research since the mid-1980s.  The laboratory, which is part of the Anthropology Department, specializes in archaeological applications and is particularly interested in research projects in which luminescence can solve archaeological problems not accessible by other dating techniques.  The laboratory also collaborates with the Department of Earth and Space Sciences for geological applications.


Dr. James Feathers (PhD, University of Washington 1990) is director of the laboratory.  He is a professionally trained archaeologist with an interest in dating methods.  He has been involved in luminescence dating since 1986.