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Labs and Equipment

The Anthropology Department houses numerous lab spaces for student use and owns field equipment necessary for conducting archaeological field research. Additionally, students have use of various specialized lab spaces and equipment from other departments with the agreement of departmental faculty.

Archaeological Laboratory

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The archaeological laboratory is housed on the main floor of the Anthropology Department and provides space for students to store and conduct analysis on collections gathered as part of their research. The space is equipped with basic lab equipment, including computers for cataloging, sorting equipment, and microscopes.

The CSUSB Archaeology Laboratory also offers specialized analysis equipment including, Olympus Digital Microscope, Mecmesin Stress Gauge, and a thin section machine.

Comparative collections for marine shell, lithic material, marine and terrestrial faunal, and pottery are available for student use.

Digital Anthropological Research Center (DARC) – Coming Fall 2017

The new Digital Anthropological Research Center (DARC) provides students and faculty with cutting edge technologies that are widely used in social science research. The lab includes photogrammetry equipment for creation of 3D models and computers equipped with software for photo, video, and audio editing. This lab allows for student learning in technologies crucial for research in the social sciences including, processing audio interviews, creating ethnographic films and digital libraries of cultural images, producing models of rare or sensitive artifacts, and producing publication-quality digital content for student portfolios, teaching, and research. The DARC is part of the Digital Fabrication Tool (DEFT) group which is a campus-wide organization that provides labs and equipment for students from a variety of disciplines including the social and natural sciences and humanities. The Department of Anthropology contributes to DEFT through offering unique state-of-the-art technology for 3-D scanning and other digital imagery that can be fabricated in 3-D printers housed across campus.


Processing Laboratory

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Facilities for wet screening and flotation processing archaeological samples is available for student use. This large warehouse type space is located on the CSUSB campus and is equipment with a double basin sink with sediment trap for wet screening archaeological samples and drying screens for laying out material to dry. Flotation processing can also be accomplished in this wet lab space with use of CSUSB flotation processing equipment.

Field Equipment

Students with equipmentThe Anthropology Department owns all basic field equipment necessary to conduct an archaeological excavation including field screens, tarps, buckets, shovels, trowels, 50-meter tapes, compasses, plumb bobs, etc. We also have a Trimble Geo 7 equipped with ArcMap used for training graduate students on mapping in the field and post processing in GIS.



Other Resources        

The CSUSB community is dedicated to student learning. As such, many departments offer use of their resources with the approval of departmental faculty. For instance, the Applied Archaeology graduate students have used portable X-ray Fluorescence devices (pXRF), Trimble Junos, high-temperature kilns, and 3D printers in their research through agreements with other departments on campus. 


The archaeometry laboratory is equipped to process archaeological materials for stable isotopes, geochemical, radiocarbon, and other analyses. Our lab houses a Sherline 5400 micromill, dremmels, dissecting microscopes, Mecmesin MultiTest 1, sonicator bath, several Ohaus microbalances, lapidary table saw, and other preparation, processing, and analyzing equipment.