The Laboratory for Archaeometric Analysis and Research (LAIA) was born in 2009 with the aim of developing and positioning line Archaeometry Research at the University of Tarapacá (UTA) and Chile in an initiative funded by MECESUP-MINEDUC (UTA0801) and the Universidad de Tarapacá- MINEDUC  de Humanidades, Ciencias Sociales’s Performance Agreement. This initiative arises from the need to contribute to the improvement and development of innovative research in archeology, with equipment class scientist. In particular, the generation of knowledge about our recent past prehispanic and arises through the use of physical-chemical analysis of archaeological materials techniques.

In the laboratory, different physicochemical analysis techniques (SEM-EDX and Raman) and In-situ (portable XRF) techniques are combined, supplemented with the use of geomatics technologies and geospatial analysis of records archaeological sites and findings.