The Archaeomagnetic Dating Laboratory

The Archaeomagnetic Dating Laboratory was established in 1988 by Dr. Daniel Wolfman, with Jeffrey Royce Cox as the laboratory technician. Since Dan’s death in 1994, the lab has continued under the direction of Dr. Eric Blinman and Cox. The lab is one of three dedicated laboratories in the Americas—the others are at the Illinois State […]

Radiocarbon dating of rock paintings

Finally, to rock art research, the identification of carbon-based organic pigments is of special interest since it opens the way for radiocarbon dating. Dating rock art is one of the major challenges faced by archaeologists, and it is absolutely necessary to place the art in a cultural context. Not without technical difficulties and strict protocols […]

How Does Plasma Oxidation Work?

Step 1: Place the sample into the glass chamber Steps 2 and 3: Fill chamber with argon or oxygen (depending on the process). Apply electricity to the gas inside the chamber. It is called a low-temperature plasma because it is an ionized gas…much like a neon sign that glows. Step 4: Electrically excited oxygen is […]

How plasma is changing the game of dating archaeological artifacts

Looking for Time in a Glowing Bottle How plasma is changing the game of dating archaeological artifacts. The “glowing bottle” of plasma dating; photograph courtesy the Center for New Mexico Archaeology Low Energy Plasma Laboratory. If I could save time in a bottle The first thing I’d like to do Is to save every day ‘Til […]

New Mexico scientist builds Carbon dating machine

Carbon dating machine The contraption he built looks a little like something you might see from.. But Marvin Rowe is no nut. That machine he built, and what it’s used for, helped Rowe win the prestigious Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research from the Society of American Archeology two years ago. “We call the process Low […]

Research Details For Plasma

Since 1994, the National Park Service has been running a program called the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. This program does research on how to preserve old things like artifacts, buildings, and landscapes. It also gives out grants, teaches people, and offers training opportunities in these areas. They have spent over $10 million […]