The use-wear analysis laboratory

The use-wear analysis laboratory is equipped with an optical microscope Olympus BX51-M for observation in reflected light, with magnification from 50x to 200x (LPA and HPA), brightfield, darkfield and polarisation, motorized focus for images of extensive depth. The microscope is capable of use-wear and material analyses of stone, bone, metal and ceramic artefacts. Its motorized focus is unique in this field in the Czech Republic; it enables documentation of even very irregular 3D surfaces. Microscope is completed by discussion device, which enables simultaneous view for two persons. It facilitates direct consulting both in learning, and in analyses for external subjects.

Use-wear analysis laboratory includes three other microscopes for students, and other people interested in self-made analyses. Binocular magnifier with side lighting, binocular microscope with side lighting and trinocular microscope with lighting from above are available, up to magnification 200x. Using these microscopes is possible after training. Precise weighing scale (preciseness to 0,001 gram) and set for ultrasonic separation of microresidues form other equipment of our laboratory.

We allow training and scientific stays for doctoral students and posdoctoral academics from other departments or institutions, including those foreign.

Examples of analytic layouts:

  • Stone knives of Early Bronze Age Use-wear analysis [See more...]
  • Comparative use-wear analysis of stone projectiles from the period of Late Eneolithic and Early Bronze Age [See more]
  • Use-wear analysis of Nitra Culture Stone projectiles [See more...]

Possibilities of analysis for external subjects:

  • Expert consulting
  • Open access scientific cooperation with co-authorship of published outputs

Mgr. et Mgr. Ludmila Kaňáková Hladíková, Ph.D.

Contact person

Office: bud. M/-112
Joštova 220/13
662 43 Brno

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