Michael D. Glascock

Senior Research Scientist



  • B.S.. 1971, Physics, University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology)
  • Ph.D.. 1975, Nuclear Physics, Iowa State University
  • Postdoc. 1975-1978, Nuclear Chemistry & Physics, University of Maryland

Professional Experience:

Dr. Glascock is a Research Professor and Group Leader of the Archaeometry Lab. He has over 35 years of experience with NAA and gamma-ray spectroscopy as applied to archaeology, geochemistry, and environmental science. His current research focus involves obsidian source and artifact characterization in the Western Hemisphere. Dr. Glascock has co-authored more than 500 articles on compositional analysis of ceramics, obsidian and other artifacts and co-edited several books. Two of the most notable books include Archaeological Chemistry: Analytical Techniques and Archaeological Interpretation published in 2007 and Ceramics of the Indigenous Cultures of South America published in 2019. In recent years, Dr. Glascock has been a reviewer for hundreds of journal articles and dozens of research proposals submitted to the US National Science Foundation, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the national research funding centers for the countries of Austria, Canada, Belgium, and France. In 2009, Dr. Glascock received the Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research from the Society for American Archaeology. In 2011, he received the Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology from the American Institute of Archaeology.

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