Analysis and Certification of Antiquities

Oxford Labs use X-ray fluorescence in the authentication and analysis of archaeological objects, antiquities, coins, ceramics and other artefacts.
X-ray fluorescence (XRF) measures the interaction of x-rays with a sample to determine its elemental composition. In fine-art, archaeological and antiquities contexts, these data are used to indicate provenance, fabrication and manufacturing processes; these can help to distinguish non-original material and to identify modern reproductions.

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Oxford Labs – FAQ

Which materials is XRF suitable for?
XRF can be used to test a wide range of materials from ceramics to metals and glass. It has various applications in industry, in environmental studies and the verification of antiquities. Read more

How do I get my item analyzed?
We can test on our premises or on site. Contact Oxford Labs for details of the services we offer.
How long does it take?
The process is fast and efficient. We aim to provide documentation and return of your items within two weeks. Read more

What results can I expect?
The chemical composition of the sampled area will be determined. We can offer an opinion as to the historical periods with which these results are consistent based on comparison with our database of known genuine results.
Does the process damage the item?
XRF does not damage the item. It is a safe and non-destructive process. Read more ...

What is the cost?
We offer a comprehensive service at a competitive price. Click here for our scale of charges.

What documentation will you provide?
The analysis will be fully documented and a signed certificate will be provided.