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The laboratories that carry out archaeomagnetic work in the UK include :


There are only a few archaeomagnetic laboratories within the UK and none of these can offer a dedicated commercial dating service. It is therefore important to contact them as early as possible to discuss the possibility of visiting the site and the availability of staff to carry out the work.

English Heritage

Paul Linford,

English Heritage,
Fort Cumberland,
Fort Cumberland Road,
PO4 9LD.

Phone: 02392 856749



University of Bradford

Cathy Batt,

School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
University of Bradford,
West Yorkshire,
BD7 1DP.

Phone: 01274 233533
Email: or

The Archaeomagnetic Research Group (University of Bradford) offers commercial services for archaeomagnetic directional dating. The disc and tube sampling methods are used with orientation using sun or magnetic compass. The commercial service includes site visits, recording of the feature, sample collection, measurement, a.f. demagnetisation and report writing. We have particular expertise in integrating archaeomagnetic data with other dating methods within complex archaeological stratigraphies. We also manage the 'Magnetic Moments in the Past' database of archaeomagnetic measurements incorporating 765 measurements from 1962 to the present day.


GeoQuest Associates

Mark Noel,

Isle of Man,
IM7 1BL.

Phone: 01624 819364
GeoQuest Associates provide a directional magnetic dating service for samples obtained from sites in the British Isles. Sampling is carried out using the minimally destructive button method, with orientation via gyro, sun or magnetic compass. GeoQuest works in conjunction with Museum of London Archaeology in carrying out site visits, context assessment and sampling, with subsequent laboratory processing and analysis in our laboratory on the Isle of Man.


Museum of London Archaeology

Sarah Jones,   

Museum of London Archaeology,
Mortimer Wheeler House,
46 Eagle Wharf Road,
N1 7ED.

Phone: 020 7410 2287

The Geomatics team of Museum of London Archaeology collect samples for archaeomagnetic dating, which are processed and dated by Mark Noel, GeoQuest Associates.


University of Lancaster

Mark Hounslow,

Centre for Environmental Magnetism and Palaeomagnetism,
Geography Department,
Lancaster Environmental Centre,
Lancaster University,
LA1 5YW.

Phone: 01524 510238

The Centre for Environmental Magnetism and Palaeomagnetism provide high resolution and quality archaeomagnetic dating, with specialism in multi-feature sites only. We specialize in dealing with features that are difficult to sample with conventional methods. We can also provide magnetic material characterization for calibrating and modelling large-scale gradiometer 'geophys' surveys.


University of Liverpool

John Shaw & Mimi Hill,

Earth and Ocean Sciences,
University of Liverpool,
4 Brownlow Street,
L69 3GP.

John Shaw phone: 0151 7943463
John Shaw email:
Mimi Hill phone: 01517943460
Mimi Hill email:

The Liverpool Geomagnetism laboratory offers specialist work in:

  • Archaeointensity determination of unoriented material (pottery sherds, bricks, tiles etc) and oriented material ¿ conventional and / or microwave. The microwave method requires only small 5mm diameter by 3 mm length cores of material.
  • Thermal and AF demagnetisation for determination of declination and inclination
  • Dating using directions and or intensity using SV curves for the UK (Lodge & Holme 2009; Zananiri et al 2006)
  • On site sampling
  • Magnetic and electrical site surveying
  • Magnetic mineralogy characterisation using a Variable Field Translation Balance and susceptibility meters eg to investigate evidence for burning.
  • Authenticity testing


University of Plymouth

Don Tarling ,

School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences,
University of Plymouth,
Drake Circus,
PL4 8AA.