Archaeological analysis

Elemental mapµ-X-Ray Fluorescence

The Horiba XGT-7000V x-ray fluorescence (XRF) microscope combines optical visualisation with elemental analysis and imaging. Two mono-capillary beams are available with 10 µm and a 100 µm diameters. The benefits of this type of analysis are

  • no sample preparation is required
  • rapid analysis
  • non-destructive

The system can run in total vacuum or partial vacuum for delicate materials.

The qualitative and semi-quantitative characterisation of solids, liquids and powders is combined with microscopic analysis, so that individual particles and features can be analysed and element distribution maps can be generated.

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X-ray CeramicPortable X-Ray

The Mobile DR system incorporates the ultra-fast CXDI-50G Digital Radiography system in a compact, lightweight mobile X-ray unit that can be packed away for rapid transport to any situation where instant X-ray imaging is required.

Images are available to view on the integrated touch-screen display just 3 seconds after X-ray exposure. The system allows manipulation and storage of the images, as well as export to a remote PC.

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Thin section ArcheologyThin Section

The ceramic research laboratory prepares thin sections for a range of archaeological materials for their use in transmitted optical microscopy. Samples include

  • pottery
  • lithics
  • CBM

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If you are unsure of your requirements, please submit an enquiry using the link above. We can offer bespoke testing parameters tailored to your needs.

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Contact Details

College of Science and Engineering
Physics Building
University of Leicester 
Tel: 0116 252 3497