Submitting Samples to the Archaeometry Laboratory
Customers interested in submitting samples for NAA, XRF, or ICP-MS are strongly encouraged to contact the laboratory during the earliest stages of their planned project. Providing us with the following information will ensure that your project is completed quickly and efficiently:
- Sample matrix (pottery, obsidian, chert, etc.)
- Sample provenience (where it is from)
- Analytical technique desired
- The goal of this project
We will also provide you with a range of sample-identification numbers (analytical IDs, or ANIDs) unique to your project. Once you have informed us of your intent to submit samples, please ensure that you comply with the following instructions on how to prepare, package, and submit your samples to the Archaeometry Laboratory.
Special instructions are necessary if you are submitting soil or clay samples, or if the only way you can obtain samples is by drilling them from an artifact. Note that drilling increases the potential for contamination, and that providing an artifact in solid form is preferrable in all instances.