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Archaeometry

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Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials
The ATAM Program was created in 1977 as a special unit of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign devoted to research and teaching in archaeometry. Archaeometry unites archaeology, art history, museology, and the natural and physical sciences. Curators, archaeologists, and scientists work together to analyze the structure, composition, and dating of ancient objects using modern analytical techniques.

Arbeitsgruppe Archäometallurgie, Institut für Geowissenschaften, Universität Mainz

Archaeological Materials Laboratory
The laboratory is located in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town. Research interests are in the areas of archaeometallurgy (specialising in the history of sub-Saharan indigenous mining and metal working) and Quaternary sea level change (particularly the record of late Pleistocene and Holocene sea level change on the southern African west coast).

Archaeometallurgy.com
The study of metallurgical aspects of the past. A resource for anyone interested in archaeological and historical metallurgy

Archaeometry Group at the ISKP, University of Bonn.
The general aim of archaeometric research is to collect facts by natural sciences which are inaccessible by solely archaeological methods. This group uses several methods of material analysis to get information about e.g. ancient production techniques or provenance of material remains. Another field of research is prospecting of buried archaeological sites with the help of geomagnetism.

Archaeometry Research Group, Heidelberg
This research group is mainly engaged in developing as well as applying physical dating techniques for archaeology and geology. The activities include 'luminescence' dating of various sediments (e.g. sands, loess, colluvia etc.) and burnt archaeological artifacts, such as ceramics. Additional research activities deal with 'electron-spin-resonance', 'fission- track', 'alpha-recoil-track' and 'mass-spectrometric uranium series' dating.

Associazione Italiana di Archeometria
The Italian Association of Archeometry (Scientific Methodologies for the Cultural Heritage) was founded in October 1993. The Association, called A.I.Ar., has the aim of promoting and developing research, teaching and professional activities related to the scientific study and protection of the Cultural Heritage. A.I.Ar. also sets out to improve relations between researchers in the scientific field and in the humanistic disciplines, as part of its effort to confront the problems arising in the study, conservation and maintenance of the Cultural Heritage.

UC Berkeley EDXRF Lab
Archaeological X-Ray Fluorescence spectometry labaratory

C14: Radiocarbon WWW Server
Radiocarbon is an international journal of record for research articles and date lists relevant to 14C and other radioisotopes and techniques used in archaeological, geophysical, oceanographic and related dating. It is published 3 times a year and is housed in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona. This WWW site is maintained as a service to the radiocarbon research community.

Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies
(CAST) was established at the University of Arkansas in September of 1991 in order to bring together the considerable expertise of a network of researchers with a long-standing history of GIS development at the University.

Conservation OnLine (CoOL)
a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials.

Dalhousie TOSL Laboratory: Luminescence & ESR Paleodosimetry
This new paleodosimetry research laboratory at Dalhousie University was created in 1992. Along with the Argon Laserprobe Dating Laboratory and the Fission Track Research Laboratory, it forms part of the Dalhousie Geochronology Centre. The TOSL Laboratory contains instrumentation for research on the dosimetric properties of natural minerals, and the basic physical processes related to ionizing radiation in insulators. It is also concerned with geochronology: thedating of natural minerals common in most rocks, sediments, and some organic materials, using three dosimetric dating techniques: optical dating, also known as optically stimulated luminescence, thus OSL; thermoluminescence, or TL; and electron spin resonance, or ESR. These techniques are suitable for the dating of a wide variety of geological and archaeological deposits created during the latter half of the Quaternary period, i.e., within the last 500,000 to 1 million years.

Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology
The fundamental mission of the Laboratory is the conduct of high-quality, original archaeological research on the prehistory and history of Indiana. To this end the Laboratory undertakes field work, curates the collections derived from these projects, administers publication and public education programs, and serves as a clearing-house for information on the study and conservation of archaeological resources.

Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry
Since analytical work began in 1988, the Laboratory has been involved in collaborative projects with more than 75 individuals at more than 40 institutions, in addition to training and assisting graduate students with research projects. The primary activities of the Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry involve the application of materials characterization techniques to archaeological problems. Recent research includes the development of methods of paleodietary assessments through chemical analysis of biological remains and methods of provenience determination for procurement and exchange studies.

Luminescence Dating Laboratory
The University of Washington Luminescence Dating Laboratory is prepared to undertake TL/OSL analyses for external clients as outlined below. The laboratory is operated jointly by the Departments of Anthropology and Materials Science and Engineering. It was established in 1985 and its capabilities greatly expanded in 1993 by the addition of two additional TL glow ovens, an optical stimulated luminescence (OSL) system, two gamma spectrometers, and enhanced computer-based analytic facilities.

Missouri University Research Reactor (MURR)
specializes in trace element "fingerprinting" of archaeological specimens to determine their provenance (source) by neutron activation analysis.

Munich Archaeometry Group
The Munich Archaeometry group belongs to the Physics Department of the Technical University of Munich and is part of the Institute E15. A small number of archaeologists, scientists, and geologists as well as a soil scientist join in an interdisciplinary study of archaeological ceramics from the Andes and from Celtic and Roman Europe. The methods used are neutron activation analysis, thin section microscopy and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Neutron activation analysis serves to characterize and sort the material.

Northwest Research Obsidian Studies Laboratory
offers a variety of different analytical services related to obsidian trace element characterization ("sourcing") studies, obsidian hydration studies, and obsidian source studies, primarily in the context of archaeological research. They also offer non-destructive basalt artifact characterization studies in the Lake Tahoe region of California.

Obsidian Hydration Analysis Service
OHAS is an archaeological laboratory investigating prehistory using a suite of methods. These include, but are not limited to: transmitted light microscopy, reflected light microscopy, macroscopic analysis, satellite navigation (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), laser technology, and a hefty computing facility.

OCR Carbon Dating
The biological recycling of organic carbon is fundamental to nearly all biological systems on this planet. While some forms of organic carbon, such as fresh organic matter, are quickly recycled, other more resistant forms, such as humus and charcoal, are recycled at a much slower rate.

Oxford University
The Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art is dedicated to the development and application of scientific methods used in the study of the past. Areas of expertise of the laboratory include radiocarbon and luminescence dating, technological and provenance studies of archaeomaterials, palaeodietary analysis using stable isotope measurements, ancient DNA analysis, and the study of diagenetic processes.

Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
Waikato RC dating Lab - The Waikato laboratory in New Zealand is a national radiocarbon facility. We are an independent department within the School of Science and Technology. For more than 10 years we have been providing radiocarbon assays for scientists and researchers in New Zealand, Australia, North America, Japan and Europe.

Society for Archaeological Sciences
S.A.S. was founded to establish a forum for communication among scholars applying methods from the physical sciences to archaeology and to aid the broader archaeological community in assessing the potentials and problems of those methods.

Teaching Archaeometry
This site is designed to be used as a resource for the teaching of archaeometry and archaeological science at universities and, in some cases, secondary schools. It includes general background on the field of archaeometry, course syllabi for several university classes, useful web sites, and a forum on curriculum and training issues.


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