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Archaeometry Lab

I direct an Archaeometry lab in 306 Young Hall which serves mainly as a sample preparation lab. Archaeometric analyses, such as Stable Isotope Analysis, Electron Microprobe, and X-Ray Diffraction, are generally carried out at other laboratories on campus.

Lab Safety Documents:

  1. Anthropology Emergency Action Plan
  2. Anthropology Injury and Illness Prevention Program
  3. UCD Guidelines for Chemical Spill Control (SafetyNet #13)
  4. UCD Laboratory Safety Manual v1.2

Equipment in the archaeometry lab includes:

Fume Hood
SP Scientific Freeze Dryer
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 H, C, N, S,¬†and O isotopes)
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (for organic residues)
  • Electron Microprobe