The funding is worth 1,484,946 € (£920,370) and will mainly be used in the appointment and training of young researchers.

The network comprises 12 laboratories across Europe including the UK, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Greece, Spain and Italy.

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The latter were sampled and analysed using luminescence dating techniques.

The results show that, as well as the practice of reusing bricks or tiles salvaged from abandoned Roman sites, brickmaking was not a forgotten skill in north-western France and appears to have been continuously practised in the region.

The aim of this study is to date by the archaeomagnetic method the last heatingcooling cycle of one Roman and two Medieval tile kilns, discovered in Belgium.

The investigation demonstrates the limitations when well-documented local directional secular variation curves of the geomagnetic field in the past are used for dating and the difficulties when trying to determine field intensities from “in situ” baked clays from the kilns.

Archaeological material, however, does not have such implications and records the magnetic field more confidently, as the field recording process is different.

Lake, marine and continental sediments are often not reliable for an accurate registration of the geomagnetic field, because of delayed recording due to complex sedimentation environment and magnetic mineralogy.

Changes of the field strength can influence the life on Earth and may act as evolutional sieve.

The Earth's magnetic field is a huge shield, protecting us against the bombardment of high energy particles.

The integration of dating methods in building archaeology has resulted in an advance in the qualitative and quantitative information available for the study of the history of architecture and building techniques.

To examine the question of the origin of post-Roman ceramic building materials, archaeological studies of early medieval buildings in France and England have been combined with scientific dating methods and applied to their component tiles and bricks.

Field intensities from samples of the Roman and of one of the Medieval kilns are quite scattered.