The W.M. Keck Center for Instrumental and Biochemical Comparative Archaeology is a laboratory facility, directed by Dr. Timothy Ward, devoted to the interdisciplinary, scientific study of past human behavior and the education of undergraduate students in advanced archaeometric and biochemical research methods.
Funded by generous grants from the W.M. Keck Foundation and the National Science Foundation, the laboratory houses an ICP-mass spectrometer with laser ablation, both GC and LC mass spectrometers, and a portable x-ray florescence spectrometer, and specializes in both elemental-compositional and residue analysis.
The Keck Center staff work closely with the Millsaps College archaeological field programs in Greece and Yucatán, Mexico, and have a particular interest in comparing processes of state formation in Old and New World societies. The Keck Center also collaborates on a contractual basis with archaeologists from other institutions.