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New Zealand clients: add 15% GST

Overseas clients: Please Contact us ( before sending samples from outside New Zealand - soil/sediment samples must be irradiated before sending, and we need to email you instructions for treatment and packaging

Our pricing is broken down into five broad categories:
  1. Analysis of plant microfossils in archaeological deposits, per sample (Note: prices are for reports involving two or more samples; add 20% for one sample reports):

    e.g. middens, soils, stone structures, habitation surfaces, ovens/hearths, tools, potsherds, coprolites, latrines, gut contents, dental calculus

    at least 100 counted, slides scanned and types not recorded in count noted
    at least 100 counted, slides scanned and types not recorded in count noted
    starch and other plant material:
    starch grains, calcium oxalate crystals, xylem, etc. - presence/absence noted

    Cost per sample:

    One of the three analyses:
    365 NZD (305 USD)
    Two of the three analyses:
    500 NZD (420 USD)
    All three analyses:
    600 NZD (505 USD)

    For suspected gardening or food preparation areas, all three analyses per sample are recommended because the three types of microfossils have differential preservation, and different species of plants have differential production of these microparts.

    Photomicrography is included in the cost if results are to be incorporated in a journal article to be submitted for peer-reviewed publication with the analyst as a co-author. This is carried out upon receipt of the draft article. Photomicrography for other work, including theses and dissertations, is carried out for an additional cost depending on the number of photos required.

    Recommended sample size:
    approx. matchbox-size (can be smaller if necessary)

  2. Pollen analysis of sediment profiles from wetlands to provide progressive vegetational/environmental histories:

    Contact us for a quote – this will depend on the number of samples

    Recommended minimum sample size:
    1-5cc — the larger volume required for less organic samples (e.g. sandy)

  3. Fieldwork:

    Sampling equipment available includes:

    • auger
    • gouger
    • D-section corer
    Contact us for a quote
  4. Forensics:

    For assisting to prove or disprove a link between people and objects with places or with other people, we provide analysis of pollen (and other plant material) on or in:

    • soil - includes sand and clay
    • clothing and other fabrics – any woven materials e.g. clothes, bedding, curtains, wrappings, sacking, bags, baskets; also items made of animal hides e.g. leather, suede, fur clothing
    • footwear
    • twine and rope
    • air filters – vehicles, buildings
    • firearms and tools
    • powders, crystals and other granulated materials - includes illicit drugs e.g. heroin, cocaine
    • cannabis – includes unprocessed material (buds, leaves) and processed material (hash oil, buddha sticks)
    • other plant material – includes unprocessed plant material, and processed food and other material e.g. honey and tobacco
    • human and other animal material - includes hair, fur, feathers, mucus, stomach contents, fecal material
    Contact us for a quote – this will depend on the number and type of samples
  5. Identification of Stachybotrys mould spores in leaky buildings:

    Contact us for a quote


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