Anthropology Labs - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

Anthropology Labs


The Laboratory of Human Ecology is focused on research about human-environmental interactions over long time periods. We work primarily with pottery, skeletal, and environmental data from Native American sites, European trade items, and historic documents. Run by associate professor of anthropology Thomas Foster, he works with students on issues related to human effects on the environment, biodiversity, modeling of economic and evolutionary behaviors, bio-archaeology, geographic information systems (GIS), and adaptations of the native people of the Southeastern United States from the prehistoric through the historic periods. Learn more…

For access to the human ecology lab, contact Thomas Foster. 


Hosting a zooarchaeological comparative collection, research conducted in the lab includes paleoecological and zooarchaeological analyses on faunal assemblages from Israel, Jordan, Republic of Georgia, Kazakhstan and China dating from 2.0 million years ago to Historic periods.

The zooarchaeological collections includes a comparative collection of modern taxa; casts of mammal teeth from old world Lower and Middle Paleolithic archaeological sites dating, a taphonomy collection and a bone tool collection. All which serve in the teaching of archaeology courses and in research across the department and university. Learn more…

For access to the Zooarchaeological and Paleocology lab, contact Miriam Belmaker.


The laboratory for Lithic Microwear and Technology conducts research on understanding human behavior through the application of microwear analysis to archaeological assemblages. Current research includes the digitization of these experimental collections for the creation of an online microwear reference database, microwear analysis of lithics from prehistoric sites in Jordan and further experimental work for methodological development of microwear practice. Learn more…

For access to the Lithic Microwear and Technology Lab, contact Danielle Macdonald. 


Under the direction of Alicia Odewale, this lab explores the material remains of diasporic communities in the past, with a specific focus on artifacts connected to African heritage within the context of both enslavement and freedom. Studying the material culture and heritage of marginalized communities continues to be a growing field as archaeologists seek to understand the effects of colonization and displacement among African/African American, Native American and many other populations that were forced to leave their homelands in the name of European conquest and colonization.

Using historic artifacts and documentary evidence as a base for scientific inquiry, this lab seeks to investigate cultural change, adaptation and resistance as well as comparative studies in heritage to bring to light the story of communities and individuals left out of the history books. Through the objects left behind we can ensure that diasporic communities and their descendants, scattered across various corners of the earth are never forgotten.

For access to the Historical Archaeology and Heritage Studies Lab, contact Alicia Odewale.