The Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory is equipped with a wide range of facilities for analysis of archaeologial materials and artefacts, including:

  • A suite of stereo-microscopes with integrated cameras for artefact analysis
  • A suite of state-of-the-art Leica DM750P polarising microscopes for petrographic and thin section analysis
  • Leica DM750P with ICC50 camera and Wifi capability for teaching large groups
  • Olympus BH50 biological microscopes for pollen and microfossil analysis
  • A portable XRF Bruker Tracer III-SD analyser for the elemental characterisation of soils and artefacts
  • Portable electronic GXM - Dino-Lites AM4815ZTL for in situ artefact analysis

A dedicated room is available for postgraduate and postdoctoral research, containing 2 further Leica DM750P polarising microscopes, with reflected light capabilities and images analysis software, for analysing a wide range of materials.

Archaeologists also have access to advanced analytical facilities through NEXUS, the the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) mid-range facility in X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). NEXUS facilities include SEM-EDX, ToF-SIMS and Raman microscopy. For full details on techniques available see here.

 For the analysis of organic materials, such as food residues in pottery, Archaeology collaborates with the Biogeochemistry laboratories in Civil Engineering and Geosciences. Facilities available include GC-FID, GCMS and GCcIRMS


Reference Collections

We have a wide range of reference material for teaching and research, including the zooarchaeology teaching collection (focusing on domesticates), historic and prehistoric artefacts (including glass, ceramics, metals), Roman pottery collections, and an extesnive range of archaeological sediment micromorphology and microfossil material from the Near East, UK and the Americas. Our postgraduate research lab is also home to our human osteology collection.