Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Faxitron Digital X-ray

Now that construction of the Sustainable Archaeology Research Centre is complete at the University of Western Ontario, we have been busy purchasing our new equipment. This is the new digital x-ray machine - a Faxitron, model 43855F with CR scanner and N90 nanofocus from PharmMedSci. This unit is housed in the Ancient Images Laboratory and will be used for non-destructive 2D examination, identification and reconstruction of archaeological artifacts and organic remains. Examples of radiography applications include the biomechanical and morphometrical analysis of bone, the deposition patterns of enamel, cementum and dentin in teeth, identification of rusted or corroded artifacts, the material composition of earthenware ceramics and mineral inclusions and the characterization of source morphology and inclusions in stone tools.