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Materials Analysis

Cardiff Archaeology and Conservation is particularly well equipped to carry out the analysis of a wide range of archaeological materials.

In addition to our well appointed facilities for carrying out optical microscopy (including biological, petrographic and metallurgical studies), we have a CamScan Maxim 2040 variable pressure scanning electron microscope. Our SEM has a large chamber which is ideally suited for imaging and the analysis of non-conductive objects without coating. The CamScan is equipped with Oxford Instruments energy and wavelength dispersive X-ray spectrometers for chemical analysis.

Glazed tile of the Seljuk period, from the site of Kubad Abad, Turkey

Glazed tile of the Seljuk period, from the site of Kubad Abad, Turkey

SEM image of Seljuk tile

SEM image of Seljuk tile showing on the upper left a 'stonepaste' body of crushed quartz and below a 'tin glaze' made opaque by particles of tin oxide (white in image).

We also have a PerkinElmer Spectrum One Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectrometer which we use for identifying a wide range of materials; the ATR sampling accessory is excellent for quick and easy preparation of specimens.

In addition, Cardiff Archaeology and Conservation owns a share in a new state-of-the-art PANalytical X-ray diffractometer with an accelerator detector which is housed at the National Museums and Galleries of Wales located across the street from our main laboratories.

For more information about the materials analysis that we undertake for scientific and commercial collaborators, contact:

Mr Phil Parkes

Position:Senior Conservator
Mr Phil Parkes
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75628Extension: 75628