Providing paleoenvironmental, archaeobotanic and radiocarbon dating services
Paleo Research Institute, Inc. (established in 1972), is a small business whose focus is to provide excellent identifications and interpretations of archaeobotanic remains in a contract framework at a reasonable cost. We strive to further research goals, recommending specific research questions and sampling designs to archaeologists and other scientists with whom we work. Currently we are building teams to facilitate a creative and comfortable working environment.
Closing Date: Each position will close when it is filled successfully.
Internships can be designed to work with your availability and interests. Internships are unpaid educational opportunities. Some possibilties are listed below. Contact us to discuss your interests.
1. Phytoliths from Seeds. We have a large collection of seeds that can be digested for recovery of phytoliths. This internship will involve chemical digestion of seeds to release the phytoliths, then mounting the phytoliths on microscope slides. Each of the slides will be examined using a binocular microscope and the phytoliths will be documented. Documentation will include both photography and written descriptions. Photos will be inserted into FileMaker Pro (you will be trained to do this). This project can be either a summer internship (working on a fraction of our collection) or a master’s thesis if you undertake a full analysis and categorization of the phytoliths.
2. Starches. We have a starch reference collection that we would like to have photographed. In addition, we would like to create more slides from our existing seed reference collection. Other fresh foods also will be sampled for starches. This requires no chemical lab work, but will involve using a microscope and a camera attached to the microscope, as well as slide preparation.