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Anthropology & Archaeology Labs & Facilities

Anthropology & Archaeology students have the use of four outstanding lab facilities.

Student research is readily available, in part, thanks to the University's outstanding lab facilities. UIndy Anthropology and Archaeology students receive the personal attention offered only by a small school while studying in labs comprable to those of large universities. The department's four labs include:

Indiana Prehistory Laboratory

The department's newest facility, the Indiana Prehistory Laboratory (IPL), was primarily designed to support undergraduate and faculty research in archaeology. The lab's core interest is understanding human lifeways in Indiana (and the adjacent Midwest) before the arrival of Europeans. To date, the focus has been on Indiana's earliest inhabitants who lived from between 10,000 and 5,000 years ago. Students have the opportunity to work as paid assistants in IPL.

IPL features include:

  • White Light Confocal Profiler - Obtained through a prestigious National Science Foundation grant, this microscope is revolutionizing dental microwear labs and can be found in only a handful of U.S. anthropology labs.
  • Built-in flotation tank - Used for processing mainly tiny charred plant and animal remains
  • Artifact preparation and analysis areas
  • Long-term storage space 

Material Culture Laboratory

The Material Culture Laboratory (MCL) functions as an artifact conservation and analysis space. Both graduate and undergraduate students conduct research in the MCL and have the opportunity to work as paid assistants.

Current hands-on research includes:

  • Native American pottery from the Spanish Mission field site on Sapelo Island near Georgia
  • Studies of late 19th & 20th century material from archaeological investigations at central Indiana's General Lew Wallace Study & Museum
  • Classifying and analyzing Indiana chert (flint) types

Read more about these research projects ►