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Archaeometry Lab in 306 Young

I direct an archaeometry lab in 306 Young Hall which serves mainly as a sample preparation lab. Archaeometric analyses, such as Mass Spectrometry and X-Ray Diffraction, are generally carried out at other laboratories on campus. Equipment in the archaeometry lab includes:


Fume Hood

Thin sectioning equipment:

  • Buehler Ecomet 3 grinder-polisher

  • Buehler Isomet saw

  • Vacuum pump, vacuum bell, resin, etc.

Lindberg Blue Electric Kiln with programmable controller (to 1100 C)

Low-temperature Oven (Fisher)

Organic Residue Equipment:

  • N-Evap Nitrogen Evaporator (Organomation N112)

  • Micro Centrifuge

Other Sample Preparation Equipment:

  • Foredom Micro-Drill

  • Agate Mortars and Pestles

  • Rock Saw

Analytical Equipment:

  • Bruker Tracer III SD Portable XRF
  • Nikon Eclipse LV100 Polarizing Microscope
  • Ohaus Balance (microgram sensitivity)

  • Digital Calipers

  • Dissecting Microscopes

  • Four thermocouples (to 1200 C) with digital data logger and PC program

A range of analytical equipment exists on campus that students can access. The anthropology department also owns a flot-tech flotation machine. In the past undergraduate students, graduate students, and myself have used the following equipment on campus:

  • Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer (for chemical composition)
  • X-Ray Diffractometer (for mineralogy)
  • Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (for C, N, and O isotopes)
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (for organic residues)
  • Electron Microprobe


Some pictures from the lab:





Sample Drilling Area




Drilling Olivella shells for stable isotope analysis




Sample Processing and Analysis Area




Former Undergrad Devin Snyder floating sediments from pit-hearths found in the Owens Valley




Former undergraduate Jamie Dotey taking column sample for flotation analysis from CA-CCO-548


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