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Archaeology Labs

Graduate students working in Dr. Gyoung-Ah Lee’s Archaeobotany Lab

The Archaeology Teaching Laboratory is located in 204 Condon Hall. The facility is a dedicated laboratory for the undergraduate and graduate archaeology courses, and allows the inclusion of hands-on laboratory exercises involving ceramics, lithics, botanical specimens, and faunal remains. The Archaeology Teaching Laboratory is also used for lectures by visiting speakers.

The Archaeobotany Laboratory, located in 265 Condon Hall, is designed to promote archaeobotanical (paleoethnobotanical) research that explores the interactions between human and plant populations in the past. Research in the lab includes the documentation of agricultural origins, domestication of major Asian crops, including rice, millet and soybean, and crop-weed associations. The lab is equipped to investigate both macro and micro plant fossils by using stereozoom (Nikon 445, 645) and compound microscopes (Nikon AZ 100), and digital imaging software (NIS Elements). Currently, Professor Gyoung-Ah Lee and her research assistants are analyzing various samples from China, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Micronesia, and Oregon. For more information on the laboratory, visit the Archaeobotany Lab Homepage or contact Dr. Gyoung-Ah Lee.

Dr. Madonna Moss’ Zooarchaeology Lab

The Zooarchaeology Lab is located in 264 Condon Hall. The Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon houses a comparative collection of over 500 reference vertebrate and invertebrate specimens used to analyze faunal remains found in archaeological sites located along the North Pacific coast. Professor Madonna L. Moss, Curator of Zooarchaeology with the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH), will be working to integrate this collection with other biological collections on campus, including that developed by Patrick O’Grady (MNCH-Research Division), the Condon Collection managed by Edward Davis (MNCH-Collections Division) and the UO Comparative Primate Collection managed by Frances White. For more information, visit the Zooarchaeology Lab Homepage or contact Dr. Madonna Moss.

Workspace in Coastal Archaeology

The Coastal Archaeology and Archaeometry Laboratory is located in Millrace Building 112. Directed by Jon Erlandson, Anthropology Professor and Director of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH), the Coastal Lab has been a focus for research on the human history and historical ecology of California’s Channel Islands, the Oregon Coast, and Viking Age Iceland. The labs are designed to facilitate graduate and undergraduate research, providing multiple workstations containing analytical software including geographic information systems (GIS), Adobe Illustrator, and statistical software packages (SPSS and SAS). The Coastal Archaeology Lab is a research facility containing comparative collections of lithic materials from the Santa Barbara Channel region and marine shells from the broader Pacific Coast. The laboratory is used by graduate and undergraduate students in archaeology and offers opportunities for students and volunteers to gain experience in artifact processing, shell midden analysis, stone tool identification, cataloging, and data entry.

The State Museum of Anthropology maintains a comparative faunal collection on campus as well. The lab includes the osteological remains of over 23 mammalian species, 23 species of birds, 6 species of freshwater fish, and an invertebrate collection including ten species of bivalves and six species of univalves. The Archaeological Research Division of the State Museum of Anthropology also houses a comparative faunal collection (specializing in Oregon) in the Museum’s Moss Street building.