Applied Physics

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Claudio Tuniz

Scientific Consultant
MLab, Via Beirut 31 - +39 040 2240 232


  • Scientific consultant (former Assistant Director), ICTP
  • Coordinator, X-ray Microanalysis for Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology Project, ICTP Multidisciplinary Laboratory,
  • Visiting Professorial Fellow, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Editor-in-Chief, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, Springer, Germany
  • Assistant Director,  ICTP (UNESCO), 2004-2010
  • Counsellor (nuclear), Australian Embassy, Vienna, 1999-2004
  • Director, Physics Division, Lucas Heights National Research Laboratories (ANSTO), Australia, 1996-1999
  • Head, Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, Lucas Heights National Research Laboratories (ANSTO), Australia, 1991-1996
  • Senior Principal Research Scientist, Lucas Heights National Research Laboratories (ANSTO), Australia, 1993-1996
  • Principal Research Scientist, Lucas Heights National Research Laboratories, Australia (ANSTO),  1991-1993
  • Consultant, Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy, 1988-1991
  • Researcher, University of  Trieste, Italy, 1974-1991

research interests

  • Development of advanced microanalytical methods, including  portable microtomography and XRF systems, for applications in archaeology and palaeoanthropology
  • Geochronological studies of Italian Pleistocene archaeological sites with OSL, cosmogenic and uranium-series dating (using underground INFN laboratories)
  • Microanalyses of hominin and megafauna teeth, hominin hyoids, 'Neanderthal flute' and stone tools
  • Promotion of advanced scientific methods in studies of human evolution
  • Since 1980, I have been involved in several projects on AMS radionuclide dating, in Europe, USA and Australia. During the 1990s, I led the the establishment of the AMS centre at the Lucas Heights Research Laboratories in Sydney, supporting national research programmes in Quaternary science and archaeology. I currently promote the use of AMS radiocarbon and cosmogenic dating in palaeoanthropology, in programmes sponsored by United Nations agencies.