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Archaeology Lab
Principal Investigator: Mary R. Vermilion, Ph. D.
About the Lab: The Archaeology Lab is located on the third floor of Morrissey
Hall and provides an excellent workspace in which students can explore and
contribute to the science of archaeology. Each semester, the lab provides hands-
on opportunities for students to explore prehistoric and historic lithics, ceramics
and other materials and to challenge their analytical skills as they participate in the
Garbage Project. During the summer, the lab is the locus for processing artifacts
recovered from the summer's excavations. In addition to washing, sorting, and
creating an inventory of the archaeological record, students learn to identify, sketch,
and photograph the diagnostics and to analyze and interpret the remains.

In addition, students enrolled in a Research Activity, Advanced Independent Study,
or Capstone course have access to the lab to work on research of their own or that
of the principal investigator and have the opportunity to publish their research or to
contribute to the excavation site reports. The lab computer is equipped with ArcGIS
and is available for use by the students to implement their research.
The archaeology lab also affords opportunities for school groups and other
members of the community to learn about our human past.

Archaeology Magazine picked up the story of our excavations this past summer.