Once the archaeological material is gathered, our Laboratory is able to offer a specialist analysis and conservation of a wide range of archaeological evidence:
Analytical Chemistry and Physico-chemical Analysis of sediments gathered on inner side of vessels or their fragments. The outer-side decorations, such as incrustations and paint ornaments can be analyzed as well. In this field our Laboratory collaborates with many specialists.
Petrographic Analysis of stone made findings. It allows us to classify the rocks of which the object was made, and determine their origins. In this field our Laboratory collaborates with M.A. Krzysztof Sadowski the Ph.D. Student of Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań.
Anthropological Analysis of human bones allows us to determine the age, gender and, in some cases, the medical history of the deceased. In this field our Laboratory collaborates i.a. with M.A. Anna Wrzesińska from Poznań.
Zooarchaeology - analysis of faunal remains gathered in process of archaeological explorations. In this field our Laboratory collaborates with many specialists.
Radiocarbon Dating is a radiometric dating method that uses the naturally occurring radioisotope carbon-14 (14C) to estimate the age of carbonaceous materials up to about 58,000 to 62,000 years. In this field our Laboratory collaborates with the Laboratory of Absolute Dating of Marek Krąpiec.
Dendrology and Dendrochronology in particular, are the scientific methods of dating based on the analysis of patterns of tree-rings. Dendrochronology can date the time at which tree rings were formed, in many types of wood, to the exact calendar year. In this field our Laboratory collaborates for many years with Prof. Dr. habil. Marek Krąpiec from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków.
Parasitology - testing of the samples (usually collected at cesspits) for the presence of parasites. Our Laboratory performed such testing during excavation at Gołębia Street in Poznań and excavation in Kożuchów. In this field our Laboratory collaborates with Prof. Dr. habil Anna Majewska from Poznań University of Medical Sciences.
Conservation of Monuments
For majority of archaeological sites we work at, our Laboratory prepares the geomorphological surveys and the lithological profiles, from which the palynological analysis (of pollen), malacological analysis (of molluscs ), or isotopic analysis can be carried out. Research such as these allow us to:
- determine the age of the organogenic sediments;
- recreate the history of Paleobotany of surrounding lands and its changes in subsequent stages of Ecological succession;
- reconstruct the natural environment and eco-climatic and paleogeographic conditions;
- recreate the conditions during sedimentation of analyzed sediment samples;
- distinguish the phases of settlement constructions;
- assess the direct impact of settlements on the natural environment.
All the above-mentioned surveys are usually carried out by the team of researchers, composed of: Dr. Karina Apolinarska (Institute of Geology of Adam Mickiewicz University), Dr. Małgorzata Małkiewicz (Institute of Geology of Wrocław University) and Dr. Krzysztof Sadowski.
Aerial Photography - for each greater project we prepare a catalog of aerial photographs. For this purpose we use services of the 4D Aerial Photography company from Szczecin.
Scanning, printing, graphic design of research documentation - in this field we collaborate with M.A. Bartłomiej Gruszka.