Facilities and Laboratories

The Department of Anthropology offers faculty and students access to state of the art facilities for learning, teaching, and research. You should familiarize yourself with Health and Safety requirements. Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

Departmental Laboratory/Research Facilities

Teaching Laboratories

Bioarchaeology Teaching Laboratory (SSC 2257)

Our bioarchaeology teaching laboratory can accommodate up to 50 students and incorporates built in audiovisual/computer equipment. The lab is home to our extensive artefactual, skeletal and hominid fossil cast collection and includes over 500 items. The lab contains two annexes which contain our Zooarchaeological teaching collection and the Human Osteological collection.

Zooarchaeology Teaching Collection (housed in SSC 2257A)

Includes over 400 animal skeletons with specific focus on species from Ontario and the Arctic.

Human Osteology Teaching Collection (housed in 2257B)

Contains over 50 medical specimens, casts and archaeological material of European ancestry that include a wide range of ages, sex and pathologies. Also included are numerous casts for teaching age and sex determination including Suchey-Webb epiphyseal union, pubic age, rib age, dental development and Suchey-Sutherland pubic sex casts.

Digital Media Laboratory (SSC 3315)

The Digital Media laboratory is used for teaching computer-based courses and seminars that require specialized digital equipment and software. It contains seven desktop computers, audio mixer and amplifier, a webcam and fixed LCD projector. Digital equipment includes twenty digital voice recorders and two digital video recorders. Specialist software includes, but is not limited to NVivo (Lingustics) and ArcGIS (geospatial), SPSS (Statistics) and Final cut pro (video editing).

Research Laboratories

The anthropology department has seven faculty research laboratories that house a variety of facilities and resources available to faculty and students including:

  • Fume hood
  • Chemical storage
  • Drying oven
  • Drying racks
  • Sinks with grease and silt traps
  • Chest freezer
  • Fridge
  • Vacuum pump and embedding chamber
  • Buehler Isomet low speed saw
  • Buehler Petro-Thin system
  • Polishing wheels for thin sections
  • Three Olympus polarizing and a dissecting microscopes (SZX7, SZX9, EX41) with digital cameras and Qcapture Pro analytical software
  • X-ray equipment (Faxitron cabinet x-ray unit, Lunar mammography unit, Picker x-ray unit Piximus bone densitometer)-see also Sustainable archaeology facilities
  • Gradient block and thermal cycler
  • Table mounted illuminated magnifiers
  • Numerous osteological calipers
  • Digital cameras, photographic stand and light box
  • Two Topcon total stations with data collectors
  • Topcon Hyperlite+ RTK GPS unit
  • Geoscan FM256 Fluxgate Gradiometer
  • Field excavation equipment
  • GSSI 400Mhz GPR
  • Bartington Dual Sensor Grad601 Gradiometer
  • Geoscan RM15 resistivity meter

Other Campus Resources

Other campus resources that can be accessed by members of the Anthropology Department include:

Off Campus Resources

Museum of Ontario Archaeology http://archaeologymuseum.ca/
The Museum of Ontario Archaeology is one of the three largest and most significant "Research Institutes" at Western and houses one of the largest, as well as best documented, archaeological collections from Ontario. In addition to extensive lab facilities and equipment for analysis the Museum houses a library that has many rare archaeology books and manuscripts. The Museum is located in northwest London next to the Lawson prehistoric village, a large 15th Century Neutral Iroquoian village that has been declared of provincial and national significance. Associated with and located adjacent to the Museum is the CFI (Canadian Foundation for Innovation)-funded Sustainable Archaeology Facility.

Sustainable Archaeology http://www.sustainablearchaeology.org/
Sustainable Archaeology is a collaborative initiative between the University of Western Ontario and McMaster University advancing a sustainable form of archaeological practice that will bring together thousands of previously inaccessible archaeological collections generated from across the Province of Ontario as a result of research and commercial consulting activity. Sustainable Archaeology’s facilities are home to a wide range of equipment available to Western’s students and faculty including: