The Anthropology Department's newly completed archaeology laboratory provides up to date facilities for all phases of archaeological research and instruction. Our laboratory complex includes a wet lab, instruction and analysis lab, and curation/storage facilities. The lab was designed to provide an opportunity for students in archaeology courses to use computers in a combined teaching and research setting. Today the facility includes computer stations, microscopes, and an expanding array of laboratory and field equipment.
Physical Anthropology Lab
The Physical Anthropology laboratory is equipped for osteological analysis and the measurement of modern human populations. It also has a good collection of casts of fossils representing major finds in human evolution. There are also facilities for dissection of fleshed specimens and hoods for the use of chemical preservatives and the bedding of bone in preparation for cutting. At this point the cutting must be done at the medical examiners' laboratory. The orientation of the laboratory at Syracuse is anatomical. There are presently no facilities for physiological studies or behavioral studies.
Anthropology Resource Collection
The Department has a significant collection of anthropology books and journals, including some rare South Asian texts, that are available for use in the reading and seminar room (205 Maxwell). In addition, students may view videotapes from the Department's collection, housed in the main office (209 Maxwell). Of course, all students may use the resources of Bird Library, which holds thousands of anthropology texts, dozens of social science journals, and an extensive collection of videos on peoples and cultures throughout the world. Additional resources like the Kenyan National Archives and the Human Relations Area Files are available for advanced undergraduate students seeking more in-depth information on specific subjects. Faculty advisors and individual instructors can help guide you to resources at various University libraries that will help you in your studies and research.
Undergraduate anthropology majors have access to university computer facilities and services available for Arts & Sciences students. This includes e-mail services and access to the worldwide web, on which students will find a tremendous range of information relevant to the field of anthropology.