CHEMICAL (ELEMENTAL) ANALYSIS

  • Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (WD-XRF: BRUKER S8 TIGER 4K) for quantitative chemical analysis of inorganic materials.

                       

  • Facilities for preparation of samples for XRF analysis: planetary mill for sample pulverisation (Fritsch Pulverisette 7 Classic), automatic fluxer for preparation of fused glassbeads (CLAISSE M4 fluxer), manual hydraulic press for preparation of pressed pellets (Breitländer PE-MAN).
  • A range of certified reference materials of soils, rocks, ceramics and iron-rich minerals for preparation and/or verification of analytical calibration methods. 

 

OPTICAL MICROSCOPY

  • Stereomicroscope (Leica MZ9.5), equipped with transmitted light stand, polarizing filters and digital photography and video  system (Leica  DC300, using Leica IM50 software)

  • Two transmitted and reflected light research microscopes (Zeiss Axioskop 40 and Leitz Laborlux 12 Pol) with attached photography and video system (Leica DC300, using Leica IM50 software) and automatic  p int-counting  system  (Swift point-counter Mode E) 
  • Ten polarizing light teaching microscopes.

 

THIN & POLISHED SECTION PREPARATION FACILITIES

 

FURNACES AND KILNS

  • A Nabertherm L5/P for sample preparation and testing and a Harrison Mayer S18AH/96702 for pottery firing

 

GENERAL EQUIPMENT FOR EXPERIMENTAL WORK

Mainly for processing of sediments and ceramic fabric replication experiments

 

REFERENCE COLLECTIONS

  • More  than  15,000 handspecimens and thin sections of ancient ceramic fabrics from different sites of the Aegean dated from the Neolithic to Early Modern times.

  • More  than  2,500  handspecimens and thin sections of  geological  samples (rocks  and clays) from all around the Aegean.

  • A  teaching  collection  of  handspecimens and thin sections of ceramic briquettes reproducing all main types of clay paste preparation techniques and firings at various  temperatures.
  • A  teaching  collection  of  handspecimens and thin sections of all main types of rock-forming minerals and rocks.
  • A rich (and growing) collection of geological maps, including  Geological  map  of  Europe (scale  1: 5,000,000),  Geological  map of  Greece (scale  1: 500,000), more than 170 regional geological maps covering most areas in Greece (1:5,000).
  • A   rich (and  growing) collection of geological reference books and off-prints concerning publications  relevant to the Laboratory’s interests.