Anthropology Lab Research

  • Mother/Baby Sleep Lab (Prof. James McKenna)

This space is both a research and teaching laboratory. Undergraduates gain first hand experience conducting research examining issues such as the safety of different sleep environments as well as the physiological and/or psychological consequences of caretaker-child sleeping arrangements.

  • Osteology Laboratory (Prof. Susan Guise Sheridan)

This lab houses the large Bab edh-Dhra’ skeletal collection from Early Bronze Age, Jordan. It serves as a teaching space for ‘Human Osteology’ each Fall semester, and the summer National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program (2002-2012). It is also the space in which all skeletal biology projects are conducted.

  • Archaeometry Laboratory (Prof. Mark R. Schurr)

This lab contains the equipment needed for the preparation samples for the analysis of stable C & N isotopes for understanding prehistoric nutrition and isotopic ecology, fluoride dating of bone, and ESR (electron spin resonance) of burned organic material for determining thermal history. Full collagen extraction facilities are available, as is a chemical fume hood, two centrifuges, 2 ovens, and a lyophilizer.

  • Forensic Anthropology Laboratory & Skeletal Collections Storage (Prof. Susan Guise Sheridan)

This space is specially keyed to ensure chain of custody in forensic cases. It contains a large table, lamp, and dedicated air exchange system for work with decomposing remains. There is also space in this lab to store the sizable Near Eastern collections for Byzantine St. Stephen’s monastery, and the Late Bronze Tell Dothan.

  • Archaeology Preparation & Equipment Storage (Prof. Mark R. Schurr)

Located near the ground level entrance to the Archaeology Annex, this space provides room for the equipment needed for archaeological excavation, in quantities sufficient for a field school. This includes numerous mesh screens, digging equipment, mapping supplies, as well as the materials needed for geophysical survey and ground penetrating radar.

  • Archaeology Research & Cataloging Laboratory (Prof. Mark R. Schurr)

This area comprises two rooms equipped with adequate table space to permit the cataloguing and study of artifacts from Mid-Western archaeological excavations. It is also the teaching space for several of our archaeology methods courses.

  • Archaeology Faculty Research Laboratory (Profs. Meredith Chesson, Ian Kuijt, Donna Glowacki)

This shared space is used for a variety of projects from sample preparation for PIXE (particle-induced xray emission) analysis from the American Southwest to use-wear patterns in basalt items from Jordanian artifacts.

  • Archaeology Collections & Records Curation (Prof. Mark R. Schurr)

Material culture from a variety of Midwestern archaeological sites are stored in this room, including remains from the Angel Site, the Collier Lodge project, and the Removal project. Survey maps and posters from professional meetings are stored here as well.