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Brita Lorentzen

Research Associate & Lab Manager

Tel. (Lab): 607-255-8650


  • Ph.D. - Geological Sciences - Cornell University, 2014
  • A.B. - Archaeology and Jewish Studies - Cornell University, 2006

Previous Positions

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Classics and Cornell Tree-Ring Laboratory, Cornell University, 2014-2019
  • Visiting Scholar, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, 2014
  • Research Support Specialist, Cornell Tree-Ring Laboratory, 2006-2007, 2013
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University, 2007-2012
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Cornell Tree-Ring Laboratory, 2004-2006

Research Interests

  • Dendroecology and dendroarchaeology in the Levant and East Mediterranean
  • Dendroprovenancing and reconstructing use of forest resources and their ecological impacts in the Mediterranean
  • Maritime archaeology, particularly dating construction and use periods of shipwrecks using dendrochronology, 14C wiggle-matching and Bayesian chronological modeling
  • Wood anatomy, identification and botanical analysis of wood charcoal from archaeological excavations in the Near East
  • Reconstruction of long-term vegetation change in the Late Pleistocene and Holocene through sediment, charcoal and plant macrofossil analyses

Current Archaeological Projects

Previous Projects

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