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Spaces, Infrastructure, and Equipment

The MPERF includes two laboratory spaces: Kenneth Taylor Hall room B122: microscopy, macrobotanical analysis, and reference collections; General Sciences Building room 108: microbotanical processing and analysis

KTH B122:

  • Amscope zoom stereo microscopes and USB cameras (5x-50x reflected light magnification)
  • Brass sieves and analytical balance for macrobotanical sample preparation
  • Macrobotanical sorting tools
  • Zeiss microscope and camera with polarized light (100x-1000x transmitted light magnification) for microbotanical analysis
  • Handheld sonicators for microbotanical residue extractions
  • Microbotanical and macrobotanical reference collections
  • Microbotanical and macrobotanical reference volumes
  • Scanner and printer

GSB 108:

  • Ultrasonic water bath
  • Fume hood and sinks
  • Sediment storage cabinet
  • Chemical storage cabinet
  • Sartorius water distiller system
  • Brass sieves and glassware for microbotanical sample preparation
  • Analytical balance
  • Mini vortexer
  • CEM Mars 6 microwave digestion system with 40 vessels
  • Thermolyne large muffle/ashing furnace
  • Megafuge centrifuges with rotor sets
  • BWTek portable NanoRam spectrometer
  • Zeiss microscope and camera with polarized light (100x-1000x transmitted light magnification) for microbotanical analysis

Affiliated Laboratory in Cuilapan, Oaxaca

MPERF personnel have also carried out paleoethnobotanical research at the laboratory of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), located in the ex-convento Cuilapan de Guerrero, Oaxaca.  There are limited resources available for macrobotanical studies (including a microscope and small reference collection) as well as microbotanical extractions.  Any inquiries about the use of this equipment should be directed to Cira Martínez López and Dr. Marcus Winter.  All research carried out at the Cuiliapan laboratory must have official permission of the Consejo de Arqueología of INAH.

 

Photo of Cuilapan laboratory by Isai Flores Ruíz

Cuilapan -- Photo by Isai F. Ruiz