Working in the lab in North Dakota

Metcalf provides in-house laboratory services to meet many requirements of artifact analysis. When additional lab work is required, we partner with specialists to ensure that everything is properly analyzed and documented.

Our primary lab services include in-house lithic and faunal analyses. Metcalf specialists examine chipped and ground stone, including debitage, projectile points, scrapers, manos, and metates, and contribute vital information to scientific reports. Moreover, they help archaeologists ascertain things like the time period in which a particular site was occupied and the types of activities in which occupants were engaging.

Similarly, some Metcalf team members specialize in analyzing faunal remains. Like a lithic analysis, studies of faunal remains allow archaeologists to understand not only the activities of past peoples, but also reveal diet and hunting practices.

When projects require more expert lab services, Metcalf contracts directly with well-known, third-party specialists focused in a particular area of expertise. Consultants provide help with carbon dating, lipid analysis, protein residue analysis, macrobotanical analysis, obsidian sourcing and dating, and tree-ring dating. These services contribute to a more complete understanding of the archaeological resource, potentially narrowing occupation dates, adding further information on diet and subsistence, or revealing unique data collected during cultural resource studies.

Finally, Metcalf maintains curation agreements with many repositories in our services areas, and we regularly curate artifacts in compliance with each repository's standards.

We are prepared to provide all cultural resource lab services necessary to ensure that your project meets agency requirements. Metcalf is also committed to employee safety and uses specific safety training and personal protective equipment for laboratory work.

For more information on our laboratory services, please contact us.