A key area that underpins many aspects of the work of Helford Geoscience is the ability
to use mineralogical data to identify the provenance of materials

Helford Geoscience Environmental & Archaeological

Whether looking at nuisance dusts, mine waste tailings, Bronze age ceramics or Roman coins,
Helford Geoscience bring automated mineral solutions

Provenance through QEMSCAN automated solutions

A common thread through many aspects of the work of Helford Geoscience, whether in understanding the source areas for Cretaceous sandstones, examining forensic exhibits or exploration is provenance — the understanding of the source of materials.

Through a strong background in research Helford Geoscience apply analytical methods in understanding the provenance of contaminants such as nuisance dusts, waste streams and toxic materials in the environment. In archaeological science Helford Geoscience work have utilised automated mineralogy as a tool to characterise a wide range of materials, which then allows their original provenance to be determined. This approach has also been used as a way to scientifically test reported find sites of artefacts.

Environmental & Archaeological

Helford Geoscience

Working close to the banks of the stunning Helford River, it is easy to forget
that even here there are environmental contaminants from past industrial activity. Helford Geoscience use automated mineralogy as one approach in the characterisation of inorganic environmental contaminants. These contaminants might include nuisance atmospheric dusts, volcanic ashes, particulate waste streams or toxic materials.

Helford Geoscience have used automated mineralogy in the investigation of cases of poisoning in domestic and farm animals and also in the evaluation
of risks associated with historic mineral processing plants. Work carried out
not only allows waste materials to be characterised but their original provenance
to be determined.

Environmental & Archaeological

Helford Geoscience

With our archaeological colleagues we have pioneered the analysis of ancient pottery through using automated mineralogy to determine the processes of manufacture and the sources of raw materials. We can also offer a wide range of mineralogical services to assist archaeological and geoarchaeological projects. Work has included the analysis of historical construction materials (building stone, renders, mortars etc). In addition we have used our expertise in soil forensics to test the reported find sites for artefacts through the analysis of adhering soils to test their real provenance. Our knowledge of exploration, mining and mineral processing can assist in projects investigation ancient mining activities.

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