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Full list of services

This is an indicative list of our services. Please contact us with your specific requirements if the technique you require is not listed.

Geoarchaeology and Sedimentology

  • Quest Geoarchaeological boreholes (up to 12m depth) using peat corers or drilling equipment (Atlas Copco 2-stroke percussion engine)
  • Geoarchaeological monitoring and site visits and column, bulk and Kubiena sampling
  • Borehole surveying
  • Sediment descriptions (Field and Laboratory)
  • Organic matter determinations
  • Humification analysis
  • pH determinations
  • Particle size analysis
  • Phosphate analysis
  • Calcium carbonate analysis
  • Magnetic susceptibility analysis
  • Porosity
  • Grain density
  • Dissolved organic carbon
  • Cation exchange capacity
  • Preparation and analysis of micromorphology slides
  • Preparation and analysis of petrographic slides
  • GIS analysis (ArcMap, Erdas Imagine)
  • Rockworks modelling

Archaeobotany and Zooarchaeology

  • Flotation
  • Wet sieving
  • Rapid assessment of flots and sorting residues
  • Rapid assessment of waterlogged samples
  • Charcoal assessment and analysis
  • Charred plant remains assessment and analysis
  • Diatom assessment and analysis
  • Foraminifera and Ostracoda assessment and analysis
  • Fungal spores assessment and analysis
  • Insect assessment and analysis
  • Mollusca assessment and analysis
  • Parasites assessment and analysis
  • Phytolith assessment and analysis
  • Pollen assessment and analysis
  • Small faunal remains assessment and analysis
  • Testate amoebae assessment and analysis
  • Waterlogged plant remains assessment and analysis
  • Waterlogged wood assessment and analysis

Environmental Science and Geochemistry

  • XRD bulk mineralogy (X-Ray Diffraction)
  • XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence)
  • ICP-OES (inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry)
  • ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry)
  • GC (Gas Chromatography)
  • HPLC (High-performance liquid chromatography)
  • GC/MS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry)
  • GC-C-IRMS (Gas Chromatography - Combustion-Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry)
  • Phosphorus (P) determination (Olsen P) sample preparation and analytical run
  • Calcium chloride (CaCl2) sample preparation and analytical run
  • NH4NO3 analysis
  • Inorganic carbon analysis
  • Total organic carbon analysis
  • Isotopic analysis (210Pb, Pb isotopes, U-series)
  • Electron microscopy (SEM, TEM)
  • X-ray microanalysis (EDX, WDX)
  • Visible light and IR microscopy
  • C/N isotopes and O/H isotopes


  • Radiocarbon dating (external)
  • Tephrochronology
  • Dendrochronology
  • 210Pb dating
  • U-series dating
  • Optically stimulated Luminescence (OSL) laboratories
  • Thermo luminescence (T-L) dating laboratories
  • Oxcal, Bacon chronological modelling

Within the we have a wide range of lab facilities, which subject to student demand, can be made available to clients wishing to run courses, or have access to a particular facility for a limited period of time. In some instances we are also able to provide training/technical support.