Stable Isotope Analysis

We undertake isotopic analysis (carbon and nitrogen) of a variety of materials on a semi-commercial basis; that is, where there is usually an element of collaborative research interest, and where we recover our costs for our contribution and when we have spare capacity in the laboratory. The types of sample analysed include: bone and dentine collagen, human and animal protein tissue samples (keratin, chitin, soft tissue collagen), plant samples (modern and carbonised archaeological botanics), carbonised and fossilised wood and soil organic matter.

Additionally, we undertake Carbon and Oxygen stable isotopic analysis on carbonates and tooth enamel again when there is spare capacity and an element of collaborative research interest.

The following costs are a guide for routine work:

Single isotopic measurement of pre-prepared sample

£16 +VAT per sample

Isotopic measurement of pre-prepared sample in duplicate

£26 +VAT per sample

Extraction and duplicate measurement of bone collagen

£65 +VAT per sample

Carbon and oxygen isotopic measurement in carbonates 

£25 +VAT per sample

Prices correct at November 2018

Recent and ongoing projects

Analysis of bone collagen from archaeological contexts, analysis of archaeological cereal grains to assess the development of manuring in Neolithic agriculture, analysis of archaeological shell midden carbonates for Holocene climate reconstruction and Mesolithic foraging strategies.

Please contact us to discuss your project. We can then advise you on level of spare capacity for outside work that we currently have. We are happy to discuss the logistics (project size, price, turnaround time, etc) and the type of project (material, aim, etc), for any programme of research.