In 2005, CIRAM revolutionised science for art by defining a new approach based on high scientific standards and constructive dialogue with the market.
Since then, on all continents, many players in the art and heritage market have placed their trust in us on a daily basis.
"I became acquainted with the CIRAM laboratory through a magnificent publication ... a very professional work, demonstrating the acceptance of CIRAM and its examination methods by the French archaeological community and its services for the State. Thereafter, a very close collaboration was established between us. Their expertise has protected me from mistakes and it is an integral part of a dealer's duty to consult them in case of any doubt. CIRAM is a serious laboratory that I enjoy working with, particularly because it is independent and not subject to any outside influence. "
Mr. Jean-David CAHN, gallery owner/dealer of ancient art in Basel
"We have been waiting for a laboratory like yours for a long time..."
Mr. Pascal Bertrand, INRAP NAOM
Why is 1954 a carbon-14 frontier? Atomic bombs and atmospheric nuclear testing have artificially increased the amount of carbon-14 in the air. CIRAM laboratories explain the significance of this change.
To authenticate stone objects, CIRAM laboratories observe the passage of time and the alteration of materials. Our scientists achieve a thorough study through an effective analytical strategy.
Born from CIRAM innovation, augmented carbon 14 dating dates your Tribal Art objects, no longer to within 250 or 300 years, but with an accuracy of only a few decades.
In this article, CIRAM scientists explain the protocol used for Carbon-14 dating of bioapatite.
Methods to understand the diet of our ancestors have been diversifying for more than a decade in archaeology, but also in anthropology thanks to new physicochemical techniques.
The thermoluminescence test (TL test) is, along with carbon-14 dating, one of CIRAM's specialties. This technique makes it possible to date the last heating of an object, but more precisely to detect authentic objects from modern fakes or copies.
CIRAM laboratories are specialized in dating of your works of art, your archaeological artifacts, as well as the analysis of your biobased products worldwide.
Thanks to the know-how and experience of our scientists as well as state-of-the-art equipment, CIRAM is a specialist in radiocarbon dating and the analysis of your biobased products.
Thermoluminescence dating, carbon-14 dating, microanalysis, spectrometry, discover all our methods as well as our fields of application.
For more than seventeen years now, CIRAM laboratories have been revolutionizing science in the art market worldwide.
Museums, antique dealers, auction houses or institutions trust us for the dating and authentication of their works of art.
Thanks to our scientists and rigorous and relevant analyses, we deliver a rigorous and reliable expertise.
It is possible to date and analyze all works. In our laboratories, we study objects composed of:
For the dating of artworks, we mainly use carbon-14 or thermoluminescence dating, but it is possible to couple them with other methods to obtain an accurate result.
The dating of a painting or a pictorial work also allows the authentication of the object, it is also a preliminary step in the framework of a restoration.
To analyze a painting, we proceed by imaging with:
The CIRAM laboratories also work with objects found in archaeological contexts. In these cases, we offer, in addition to laboratory analysis by sample, to come to the site with mobile equipment to analyze the remains in context.
CIRAM performs dating and material analysis services for preventive archaeology.
Carbon-14 dating is the first analysis done in archaeometry. This analysis technique allows us to date all organic materials, we measure the 14 isotope of carbon present in the material.
To meet all your needs and constraints related to archaeology, our laboratory scientists also offer:
By combining all the methods, the analysis of your objects in an archaeological context is both reliable and complete.
CIRAM laboratories verify, analyze and certify your bio-based products. Our scientists use EN 16640, ASTM D6866, EN ISO 21644, EN ISO 16620, EN 16785.
The CIRAM laboratories offer the analysis of biobased products in the fields:
For more than seventeen years, CIRAM laboratories have been the reference for the dating and characterization of your objects in an archaeological context or in the art world.
Microanalysis, metallography, spectrometry, chromatography, imaging, etc. For more information on our fields of application and analysis, contact us.