Society for American Archaeology Workshop and Booth


We are excited to announce that the Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) will be hosting a workshop at the 89th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in New Orleans on April 17th, 2024!

Please see below, the SAA’s website, or the attached event guide for more details. We look forward to seeing you there.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Archaeometry but Were Afraid to Ask:

Tips and Guidelines for Collaborating with the Archaeometry Lab at MURR.

Sponsored by the Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR)

Wednesday, April 17, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

40 maximum participants

Free to participants

Instructors: Brandi L. MacDonald, Whitney Goodwin, James A. Davenport, Wesley Stoner, Virginie Renson, Jay Stephens, and Alejandro J. Figueroa

Do you have questions about provenance research? Have you ever considered undertaking chemical analysis but not sure where to start? Are you curious about what techniques and training opportunities are available to students and early career researchers or to those looking to broaden their use of archaeological science? Come join the team of experts from the Archaeometry Laboratory at MURR for a workshop that will cover a wide range of provenance topics and collaborative research opportunities. We will discuss the use of methods including neutron activation analysis (NAA), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and elemental and isotopic analysis by mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS, MC-ICP-MS) and how these can be applied to varied archaeological materials—from ceramics and obsidian, to glasses, glazes, metals, pigments, and bone. We will also discuss aspects of our legacy NAA databases and the Lab’s data management policies, our NSF-funded opportunities for education and training, and our NSF subsidy program for researchers in academic and nonprofit organizations. A pre-workshop survey will be circulated to all registered participants in advance of the workshop to inform the organizers of specific questions, topics, and issues for discussion. Workshop organizers will use this information to help guide the content. The topics will either be covered in the main content of the workshop or through a Q&A session.

Learning Objectives: • gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts and methods involved in provenance studies and the scientific methods available at the Archaeometry Lab; • advantages and disadvantages of different techniques; • the range of materials that can be analyzed by varied techniques; • best practices for sample selection and preparation; • basic analytical procedures and statistical routines for elemental data; • knowledge of existing regional databases for comparative materials; and • education and training opportunities at MURR.