The Archaeology Multi-User Laboratory (AMUL) is a general use laboratory for students in anthropology whose research involves laboratory-based archaeological analysis. The AMUL was founded in 2004, and is funded by the Department of Anthropology. The AMUL is managed by a laboratory manager and is supervised by a factulty member in Archaeology. In 2010 the Department of Anthopology paired with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences to develop a thin sectioning facility that is available to both communities.

Open house

A laboratory open house is offered during the first or second week of October each academic year. This is a great way for new students to learn more about the laboratory. Announcements will be emailed and posted in the department.

What the laboratory has to offer

The AMUL offers a wide range of equipment and supplies that can be used for sample preparation and analyses:

  • Thin section equipment
  • Sawing/Grinding
    • Dremmel diamond tip drills (mounted and hand-held)
    • Mortar and pestle (various sizes and materials)
    • Hammer
  • Polishing
    • Sandpaper (various grades)
    • Carbonpaper (various grades)
    • Lubricants
  • Weighing
    • Coarse scale (g, mg)
    • Fine scale (g, mg, ug)
  • Sieving
    • Graduated sieves from coarse (1") to fine (<100um)
  • Centrifugation
    • Low speed (15mL)
    • High speed (2mL)
  • Mixing
    • Vortexer
    • Plate shaker
    • Stir plate (with range of magnet sizes)
    • Sonicator
  • Drying
    • Drying oven
    • Dessicator (electric)
    • Dessicator (drierite)
  • Microscopy
    • Low power dissection microscope
    • Compound microscopes
    • Polarizing lenses
    • Computer imaging software and camera system
    • Petrographic microscope

Laboratory Microscopes

Laboratory Microscopes

Laboratory Bench Space

Photo of laboratory bench space