Archaeology Labs

Archaeology and Geographic Information Systems (Bunnell 308): The Archaeology/GIS Lab is designed to accommodate instruction, student archaeological analysis and GIS research, and laboratory portions of a number of courses (e.g., ANTH-492/692 Archaeology Seminars, ANTH-211 Fundamentals of Archaeology). The space is suitable for examination of archaeological collections, including lithic, faunal, spatial and other analyses. Three computers with ArcGIS and all extensions, including 3d Analyst and Geospatial Analyst, form the hub of the GIS laboratory. Lithic comparative and analytical collections (including material types and technologies) are available for students to use, as well as low-powered stereoscopes. Two additional computers are dedicated to materials analysis, and all five computers have SPSS statistical software and Surfer 3d mapping software. For more information contact Ben Potter (bapotter @

Zooarchaeology lab (Bunnell 408):  This lab currently houses the comparative zooarchaeological collection of the department. For more information, contact Jamie Clark (jlclark7 @ alaska.,edu)

Chemical Archaeology Lab

mixed use across biological and archaeology

This lab is equipped with instrumentation for the preparation of archaeological specimens (e.g., bones, teeth, soils) for isotope analysis, carbon dating, soil chemistry. Instrumentation includes: freeze dryer, mixer mill, Milli-Q ultra pure water system, fume hood for chemical work, analytical balance and microbalance, and other support equipment. For more information contact Kara Hoover (kchoover @

Bioanthropology Labs

Dental Anthropology and Osteology (Bunnell 403) Dental Anthropology and Osteology (Bunnell 403): The lab houses the human osteological comparative collection of the department, primate and hominid fossil casts, a small collection of human paleopathological specimens along with osteometric and other research equipment (osteometric board, spreading and sliding calipers, anthropometers, ASUDAS plaques, pubic symphysis aging kits, micro- and other balances, etc.). The lab also has 3-D digitizing and morphometrics instruments. The Dental Anthropology Lab houses a large case of dental casts. For more information, contact Brian Hemphill (bhemphill @

Molecular Anthropology (103 Gruening): This lab is fitted with a PCR hood/workstation, real-time qPCR and standard PCR instruments. The lab is also equipped with a variety of supporting equipment: mini-centrifuge, vortex, balance, sub-zero freezer, refrigerator/cooler, PC, and printer. For more information contact Kara Hoover (kchoover @

Ancient DNA preparation room (105 Gruening): This lab is PCR-free and contains two biosafety cabinets for preparation of ancient DNA specimens and ancient DNA extraction. For more information contact Kara Hoover (kchoover @

Visual and Linguistic Anthropology Lab

The  Audiovisual and Linguistic Anthropology Lab provides students with state of the art audiovisual equipment for recording in digital audio and video and computational facilities designed for multimedia editing, acoustic analysis, transcription and discourse analysis, databasing, Bioinformatics, GIS, metadata and archiving.  

The lab is equipped with a PowerMac quad core computer, with Adobe Premiere Professional and Final Cut programs for advanced video editing.  An HDV VCR both records and uploads to the computer.  The department has two HDV cameras, currently in use by NSF funded projects, that will be generally available at the conclusion of those projects. The computer also has Adobe Photoshop and other software for photo editing.  There is a high speed audio cassette copier and cassette to CD dubbing equipment to facilitate digitizing archival CD recordings.   Available software for audio and video includes includes: Audacity and the linguistic transcription software Elan. A high speed scanner with document feeder facilitates the copying and digitizing of field notes and documentary materials from fieldwork.


For more information contact either Robin Shoaps (rashoaps @ or David Koester (dkoester @ 

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