As a Research Center focussed on Science and Technology, STARC is constantly developing its laboratories. The main laboratory devoted to archaeological materials science research hosts the Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy-Dispersive Spectrometer (SEM-EDS), installed 2019 and the only such instrument in Cyprus dedicated to archaeological and cultural heritage work. It is complemented by an Optical Microscopy laboratory, combining a series of stereomicroscopes and a research-level metallographic and petrographic microscope. Both labs are supported by a Sample Preparation laboratory, equipped with equipment to prepare thin and polished sections.

SEM-EDS laboratory

The Zeiss EVO-15 SEM with Oxford Instrument AZtec EDS system is operated by Dr Brunella Santarelli, working here with Dr Chris Davey on the analysis of early Egyptian crucible slag.


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The Human Osteoarchaeology laboratory houses equipment for the comprehensive macroscopic study of skeletal remains, including a) bone casts for the identification of different skeletal elements, age-at-death, and sex, b) a full range of osteometric equipment (osteometric boards and calipers), c) equipment for sampling for isotopes analysis (Foredom K.1070 High Speed Rotary Micromotor Kit), as well as d) a structured light 3D scanner (Scan in a Box). The laboratory also houses an updated library of textbooks on juvenile and adult osteoarchaeology, comparative osteology, palaeopathology, mortuary archaeology and other aspects of skeletal analysis.  

Human Osteoarchaeology laboratory

PhD student Anna Karligkioti is recording bone data in the Human Osteoarchaeology lab at STARC.


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