Laboratory Services




SPARC offers in-house and 3rd party contracting that offer a range of laboratory services including:

Archaeological collections preparation for curation at the state repository

Accelerated Mass Spectrometry (AMS dating)

Radiocarbon dating

Phytolith analysis

Residue analysis

Botanical Analysis

Petrographic analysis

Zooarchaeological Analysis 

  • Data interpretation and technical reports
  • Standard zooarchaeological methods are used to characterize vertebrate faunal collections
  • Vertebrate faunal remains from archaeological sites are identified and classified utilizing in-house comparative collections, as well as collections at nearby universities.

Artifact analyses, stabilization, and conservation 

Metals Conservation

    • Protectant application
    • Electrolytic reduction of oxides
    • Patina Restoration
    • Sodium sesquicarbonate washing
    • Solvent and Oven Dehydration
    • Tannic Acid Applications

Glass, Ceramic, and Stone Conservation

    • Concretion Removal
    • Consolidation
    • Dehydration
    • Desalination
    • Stain Removal

Organic Matter Conservation (bone, teeth, ivory, antler, cordage, textiles, wool, silk, hair, leather, wood)

    • Bulking and Impregnation Treatment
    • Consolidation
    • Desalination
    • Vapor chamber dehydration
    • Stain removal