Standard Rates

for Analysis of Archaeological and Geological Specimens

(Effective January 2021)

NAA XRF LA-ICP-MS MC-ICP-MS

Standard rates per specimen for NAA. Pottery, basalt, and other powdered samples are measured using both short & long irradiation procedures to determine 32–33 elements. All chert samples and obsidian source samples are measured using both procedures to determine 25–30 elements. Obsidian artifacts are measured with our short-irradiation procedure to determine 5–6 elements. If additional information is needed to definitively source the artifact, a long-irradiation procedure will also be conducted. Please contact the lab directly to discuss analysis of any other archaeological or geological material by NAA.

Sample Matrix Charge per Specimen Minimum Charge
Pottery and fired-clay briquettes $100 $500
Clays and soils subject to USDA APHIS $125 $500
Artifacts and source materials of lithological nature (i.e., chert, basalt, etc.) $150 $1000
Hematite, Ochre, and Similar Matrices $125 $1000
Obsidian Artifacts & Source Specimens $40 (Short)
$125 (Short & Long)
$1000

Pottery, basalt and other geological materials are usually ground to a powder, homogenized and pressed into a pellet. Determinations of the concentrations of about 10–12 elements are possible. Obsidian artifacts and certain other samples can be analyzed non-destructively.

Sample Matrix Charge per Specimen Minimum Charge
Pottery to be powdered and analyzed as pressed pellets $50 $300
Basalt and other rocks to be powdered and analyzed as pressed pellets $75 $300
Non-destructive analysis of matrices other than obsidian $30-50 $300
Non-destructive analysis of obsidian $25 $200

Standard rates per sample for laser ablation ICP-MS. Charges are based on a daily rate. Depending on the sample matrix, the number of elements, and the amount of effort for sample preparation and cleanup of the system after the analysis is completed, the number of samples possible by laser ablation ICP-MS in a single day will range from 20 to 40 samples.

Sample Matrix Charge per Specimen Minimum Charge
Characterization of sample surfaces by laser-ablation ICP-MS $1000/day $1000

Analysis by LA-ICP-MS may require substantial sample preparation and customized procedures. As such, the rate for analyses by LA-ICP-MS are determined on a project-by-project basis. If you are interested in conducting a project using LA-ICP-MS, please contact the laboratory directly to discuss pricing options.

Standard service rates per sample for multi-collector ICP-MS. Collaboratative rates are established for each specific project.

Isotope Charge per Specimen Minimum Charge
Strontium $300 n/a
Lead $300 n/a
Neodymium $400 n/a

Analysis by MC-ICP-MS may require customized procedures. As such, the rate for analyses by MC-ICP-MS are determined on a project-by-project basis. If you are interested in conducting a project using MC-ICP-MS, please contact the laboratory directly to discuss pricing options.

Note that additional fees may apply.

In some instances, samples submitted to the Archaeometry Laboratory require extended preparation time, customized instrumental calibration, or other additional work. In these instances, the laboratory reserves the right to charge additional fees to cover costs associated with such efforts. Each project is unique, and it is not possible to predict the specific circumstances. Please contact the laboratory during the early planning stages of your project to ensure that we can provide accurate estimates of all associated costs.

Projects submitted at our standard rate receive priority over projects submitted through our NSF-subsidy program. Requests for the absolute highest priority of completion will be assessed an additional surcharge of up to 50%.

Please contact the laboratory to ensure an accurate cost estimate.