The Archaeometry Laboratory analyzes, on average, over 5000 samples each year. Because we process such a high volume of samples, it is important that our collaborators provide specific information about their projects and their samples. Regardless of whether you are a first-time customer or a long-time colleague, the following instructions should be followed whenever you submit samples to our lab.
Additional instructions must be followed for the following types of samples:
In order to facilitate proper packaging and submission, we have prepared a form that can be downloaded and included with all samples.
Click through the following instructions to learn how to prepare a submission to the laboratory.
When packaging your sample, place each specimen in an individual bag and label this bag with the assigned ANID, your last name, the archaeological context, and any other information specific to that specimen. Alternatively, this information may be written on a clean piece of paper or cardstock and inserted into the bag along with your specimen. If your specimens are in powder form, submit them in screw- or snap-top vials. Please seal vial caps with tape and enclose the individual vials in small plastic bags. Doing so minimizes the potential for cross-sample contamination should a vial break during transit.
The types of information we request with all projects are:
- A map showing locations for each of the sites from which these samples were obtained. If you are working in the U.S., please use a 7.5-minute topographic map of your project area.
- Geographic coordinates of the context of your specimens. Use Latitude/Longitude (WGS1984) and UTM Northing and Easting (NAD1983) if from the U.S.A. If your samples are not from the U.S., please use WGS1984 Latitude/Longitude.
- Background literature applicable to your project. Full bibliographic references suffice for major journals, but consider including excerpts of CRM reports, local/regional journals, geological-service bulletins and maps, or unpublished material.
- How many samples are being sent and their ANIDs.
- The technique by which these samples are to be analyzed (INAA, XRF, ICP-MS).
- Your email address, phone & fax numbers, and your mailing address.
- Your research questions and your goals for this project.
- The agreed-upon rate at which your samples will be processed and billed.
- A completed sample submission form
Attn: Dr. Michael D. Glascock
Archaeometry Laboratory, University of Missouri Research Reactor
1513 Research Park Drive, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
Shipments may be made through USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL. Once you have sent your package, contact us immediately.
We do not accept unexpected shipments of any kind. We must have the following information to receive your package:
- Sender of package (this is usually you)
- Parcel-delivery service (e.g., UPS, USPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.)
- Tracking or Shipment Number
- Date of Expected Delivery
If this information is not provided to us by the time the parcel arrives, the parcel will be rejected and returned to you.