The Archaeometry Laboratory
at the University of Missouri Research Reactor
The Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) provides trace-element analysis (i.e., chemical fingerprinting) of archaeological specimens for the purpose of determining their provenance (source) using the following analytical techniques: instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), laser-ablation ICP-MS (LA-ICP-MS), and multi-collector ICP-MS (MC-ICP-MS). MURR is one of only a few archaeometry laboratories in the world providing in-house access to all of these powerful analytical techniques. Historically, we have specialized in the compositional analysis of archaeological ceramics and chert by INAA, and analysis of obsidian by XRF. We also support geochemical research on the petrogenesis of various igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Inquiries regarding elemental analysis of materials other than archaeological and geological materials should be directed to the MURR Analytical Chemistry Group. If you have specific questions about our capabilities, please contact us.