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Archaeology Lab Group

long tables in the arch lab covered with archeaology artifacts

The Anthropology Department’s Archaeology Laboratory provides opportunities for student training in basic laboratory methods through the Center for Applied Archaeological Science which was founded in 1986. Students are assigned tasks related to ongoing archaeological projects which introduce issues relating to archaeological processing and analysis.

What you will learn from participating in this lab?

  1. Gain familiarity with basic lab procedures and etiquette.
  2. How to process and catalog artifactual and ecofactual remains.
  3. How to organize archaeological materials and develop archaeological typologies.
  4. How to prepare data for coding and analysis.

What will be required from you if you choose to participate?

  1. Attend a two-hour introductory lab workshop and agree to spend three hours per week over the 15-week semester (per credit hour) in a disciplined, responsible manner, often requiring self-supervision.
  2. Agree to work closely with lab supervisors in reporting activities and findings in detail and asking questions whenever uncertainties arise. This lab group is ongoing. With instructor permission, you will register for ANTH 479-005 Undergraduate Research to receive an upper-division anthropology elective credit that can be repeated. One credit hour equals 45 hours worked per semester. For more information contact Dr. Erick Robinson at