Finnish Museum of Natural History

From Samples to Data

Luomus conducts and supports research by carrying out its own determinations in conjunction with research projects, utilizing its partners' equipment and its own techniques as a paid operator. A wide array of measuring techniques help us to see the past, the present and even the future as numbers, and as such, interpret them.

The Laboratory of Chronology and its Chronology Team determine the ages and isotope ratios from matter produced by nature and man: mammoth bones, the annual rings of trees, bricks, ceramics and clamshells. The process progresses from single determinations to wider bodies of determination, at which point entire timelines of environmental change and human action can be compared. These techniques can also represent the ratio of fossilised and renewable matter in the sample as numbers.

Image: Marika Turtiainen

Person in charge of the page: 
Markku Oinonen