The Laboratory for Archaeometric Analysis and Research is a recent initiative that stems from the need to contribute to the improvement and development of archaeological investigations. From an interdisciplinary perspective, LAIA is specialized in the study of archaeological and historical heritage and approaches to combine real chemistry lab, physics, biology, geology and archeology. In particular, LAIA has a system of on-site work and the ability to perform physical and chemical laboratory analysis of organic and inorganic materials.

The Laboratory occupies an area of 40 m2, situated on the premises of the Department of Anthropology at the Universidad de Tarapacá in the Azapa Campus. Currently, LAIA is equipped with small to large scientific instruments that enable to address a broad range of problems related to the characterization of materials analysis and its evolution over time. For this, develops new testings and applies the least invasive and destructive protocols possible, by combining different techniques that should help address the heterogeneity of our objects and study samples.