Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry (University of Wisconsin)

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_353

Basic Information

The Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry (LARCH) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was established by Dr. T. Douglas Price (director of the laboratory until 2009) with a grant from the National Science Foundation in 1987. He was soon joined by Dr. James H. Burton as associate director. Burton is the current director of the laboratory.

Major Impact

In the quarter century since its establishment, LARCH has played a significant role in advancing archaeological and archaeometric research, developing new techniques of investigation, and training both graduate and undergraduate students.

Much of the work done at LARCH has focused on the use of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) atomic emission spectroscopy, ICP-optical emission spectroscopy, and ICP-mass spectroscopy, but they also have worked collaboratively with other laboratories to explore other analytical modalities including neutron activation analysis (with the University of Wisconsin Nuclear Reactor...

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Further Reading

  1. Burton, J.H. & A.W. Simon. 1993. Acid extraction as a simple and inexpensive method for compositional characterization of archaeological ceramics. American Antiquity 58: 45-59.Google Scholar
  2. Burton, J.H., T.D. Price & W.D. Middleton. 1999. Correlation of bone Ba/Ca and Sr/Ca due to biological purification of calcium. Journal of Archaeological Science 26: 609-16.Google Scholar
  3. Douglas, T.D., J.H. Burton & J.B. Stoltman. 2007. Place of origin of prehistoric inhabitants of Aztalan, Jefferson Co., Wisconsin. American Antiquity 72: 524-38.Google Scholar
  4. Knudson, K.J., T.A. Tung, K.C. Nystrom, T.D. Price & P.D. Fullagar. 2005. The origin of the Juch'uy-pampa Cave mummies: strontium isotope analysis of archaeological human remains from Bolivia. Journal of Archaeological Science 32: 903-13.Google Scholar
  5. Price, T.D. & J.H. Burton. 2011.An introduction to archaeological chemistry. New York: Springer.Google Scholar
  6. Richards, M.P., T.D. Price & E. Koch. 2003 Mesolithic and Neolithic subsistence in Denmark: new stable isotope data. Current Anthropology 44: 288-95.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyRochester Institute of TechnologyRochesterUSA