Archaeology Research Laboratory
The Archaeology Research Laboratory is a research facility dedicated to the scholarly pursuit of knowledge about past cultures within California and nearby areas. As part of the Anthropology Program of Humboldt State University, the laboratory supports the archaeological research and instructional activities of the faculty. The laboratory provides unique learning and directed-research opportunities for students at Humboldt State University, as well as educational outreach programs within the local community.
The current archaeology laboratory director is Dr. Marisol Cortes-Rincon who teaches laboratory methods in archaeology (ANTH 358) in the laboratory. This class is designed to provide students with independent supervised training in the basic archaeological laboratory methods associated with data description, identification, classification, interpretation, presentation, and curation. This course provides hands-on experience with a range of both prehistoric and historical artifacts, assemblages, research questions, analyses, and presentation. Field courses in archaeology, Cultural Resources Management, and Method and Theory in Archaeology (ANTH 350) emanate from the archaeology laboratory.
Basic equipment for laboratory and field methods, a reference library, teaching collections, and outreach collections are provided. The laboratory is central to student projects, outreach, informal student activities, and faculty research. Currently, there are a variety of projects operating from the archaeology lab. The Cultural Resources Facility is adjacent to the Archaeology Research Laboratory.
The interwoven research, teaching, and service activities of the Archaeological Research Laboratory reflect the university's commitment to academic excellence and cooperation with other interest groups. Its embedded commitment to faculty-directed undergraduate research makes Humboldt State University the ideal academic environment for the Archaeology Laboratory. While serving the important research and instructional agenda of the university's faculty and students, it also serves the needs of others with interests in and a critical responsibility for protecting California's archaeological past. Collections research carried out by students and professional archaeologists, from within and beyond the walls of the university, serves not only their specialized interests but also contributes to the advancement of general knowledge about California's rich cultural heritage.
The Archaeology Research Laboratory at HSU aims to:
- promote research, including public programs, exhibits, lectures and workshops;
- engage students, scholars and the local community in these efforts;
- develop new paths for outreach to the community (including schools, nonprofit organizations and institutions, and the general public);
- involve a wide range of disciplines in our work, including scholars and practitioners of the humanities and social sciences, the natural sciences, the arts, archaeology, heritage studies and preservation, and the management of cultural resources (CRM).
If you're a student at HSU, there's a lot of ways the Archaeology Research Laboratory can help you become more engaged in local and global history.
Archaeology Research Laboratory has ongoing events and interdisciplinary projects for you to get involved in. For example:
- Belize Archaeology Field School
- Archaeology workshops provide hands-on experience with artifacts, and partaking in archaeological experiments.
- Hold lectures and events on the breadth of human history - archaeology, pre-historic and historic issues.
You and The Archaeology Research Laboratory
It's our mission to promote an appreciation of our collective past, as individuals, as a community, as an ethnicity and as a nation. We believe that our past is important for understanding who we are today and where we're headed.
To be an involved citizen and a thinking individual, it's important to explore and understand how people in the present seek to use the past to identify and distinguish themselves.
As an interdisciplinary center, we believe it's important to spark insight and understanding among academic disciplines that often work alongside each other but not always in concert. Our differences make us stronger when we come together and we gain greater understanding about how everything, from our culture to the environment, influences our development and history.
Current Research Includes
- Historical Ecology and Human Impacts on Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
- Zooarchaeological analysis of shell midden deposits on the Channel Islands
- The history of abalone exploitation on the Northern Channel Islands
- Historic Chinese occupations of southern California
- Artifact analysis of the historic town of Faulk
- Settlement patterns in the Maya Lowlands