Data Hosted on the MURR Archaeometry Laboratory Web Site
MURR Archaeometry Laboratory
Although it is impossible to maintain a complete online database of all neutron activation analyses conducted at MURR, we believe that once an article is published reporting the results of a study, these data belong in the public domain. All of the NAA data available here are compatible with other MURR-generated data. They are not necessarily compatible with data from other labs or by other analytical techniques. Any use of these data in published research must be appropriately cited
and we request notification of any derivative publications.
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Smithsonian Institution-NIST Archaeometry Program
During a more than 40-year partnership, scientists from the Smithsonian Institution conducted chemical analysis of archaeological materials at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) using neutron activation analysis. Two of the original scientists (Dr. Jacqueline Olin and Dr. M. James Blackman) have retired, but the program continues to operate under the direction of Dr. Ronald L. Bishop.
The archaeometry program has produced data on nearly 40,000 archaeological samples (esp. ceramics and obsidian) for research projects involving collaborators and resulting more than 150 publications. Many of the projects involved multi-year/multi-national collaborations from around the world. Regions with special focus include Mesoamerica, Near East, mid-Asia, northern Mexico and southwestern USA. Datasets from published projects are hosted here.
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Manchester Archaeometry Program
This website contains an archive of data generated by the archaeometry program at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom between 1970 and 2000. Much of the data was concerns pottery from the Meditteranean, Middle-East, Western Europe, and Northern Africa. The data was provided to the Archaeometry Laboratory at the Missouri University Research Reactor in 2005 by the late Dr. G.W.A. Newton, former director of the archaeometry program at Manchester. It was Dr. Newton's hope that this data would be made freely available to archaeologists and archaeometrists worldwide.
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Nuclear Archaeology Program
Upon his retirement in 2005, Dr. F. Asaro of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Nuclear Archaeology (Archaeometry) program transfered all records of the LBNL archaeometry program to the MURR Archaeometry Laboratory. These records include all paperwork, compositional data, photographs, professional correspondence, and microfiche generated by the LBNL archaeometry program from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.
The archaeometry program at LBNL included analyses of archaeological material from across the world with a particular focus on the Mediterannean and the Near East. The group also analyzed archaeological a limited number of samples from Africa, North America, and South America. The entire database is estimated to contain approximately 12,000 samples of pottery, obsidian, and beads as well as some geological samples analyzed at the lab.
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Data Hosted Elsewhere on the WWW
Brookhaven National Laboratory Medieval Limestone Sculpture Project
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Research performed by the Archaeometry Laboratory at MURR after August 2014 is supported by the National Science Foundation under our current grant number 1415403. Earlier research was supported by several NSF grants including the following: 1110793, 8801707, 9102016, 9503035, 9802366, 9977237, 0102325, 0405042, 0504015, 0802757, 0922374, and 0802757. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Last Updated on May 14, 2015
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