Welcome to the Archaeometry Laboratory at MURR
The Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) provides geochemical analysis (i.e., chemical fingerprinting) of archaeological specimens for the purpose of determining their provenance (geologic source or production location) using the following analytical techniques: neutron activation analysis (NAA), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), including laser ablation ICP-MS (LA-ICP-MS), and multi-collector ICP-MS (MC-ICP-MS). MURR is the only archaeometry laboratory in the world providing access to all of these powerful analytical techniques. We specialize in the compositional analysis of archaeological ceramics, limestone and chert by NAA, and analysis of obsidian by XRF (and NAA as needed). If you have specific questions about our capabilities, please contact us.