How Can MGPalaeo Help?

MGPalaeo has a range of services dedicated to archaeological studies and has been involved in multiple projects across Australia. We pride ourselves on our rapid turnaround times and ability to handle large volumes of samples.

Our services include:


Palynology is a cornerstone of archaeological studies, providing a detailed understanding of depositional settings and how climate changes influenced human settlements. Palynomorphs can also provide age control of sediments and stratigraphic correlation between archaeological sites.

MGPalaeo provides processing and analysis of palynological samples.

Phytolith Processing

Phytoliths, the microscopic silica bodies formed in and between the cells of many plants, endure long after organic material has decayed. These particles can reveal a wealth of information about human interaction with the environment, from ancient agricultural practices and dietary patterns to non-dietary plant exploitation.

Diatom Processing

Diatoms, unicellular algae with silica shells, are excellent markers for environmental conditions and water quality. In archaeological contexts, diatoms help us understand changes in water bodies that might have influenced human settlement, migration, and survival strategies. Their presence and variety can indicate the proximity of water sources to ancient settlements and even shed light on water management practices.


From foraminifera in marine settings to ostracods in freshwater environments, our team is equipped to handle a wide range of processing requirements, all of which can provide detailed insights into past ecosystems, climatic conditions, and human-environment interactions.

MGPalaeo provides processing and analysis of micropalaeontological samples.

Additional Services

MGPalaeo has an on-site laboratory at our Malaga office, set up for the full suite of biostratigraphic services. However, we can also provide additional laboratory services if there is sufficient request (ie, Anthracology, Starch Analysis, or XRF spectrometry).

If any of these services are of interest, or if there are additional processing or analytical requests that would further improve your archaeological research, please Contact us and we can discuss further.