Archaeology Materials and Teaching Laboratory

The Teaching and Microscope Lab is a new development in the study of Archaeology at Sydney. Housed in the Old Teachers' College, the Lab offers space for undergraduate and postgraduate students to do practical studies and conduct experiments from fieldwork.

Facilities in the lab include four microscopes, a fume hood, chemical stores and a postgraduate computer work centre.

The Department of Archaeology is well equipped to support Honours, Masters and PhD students with their research projects. The Archaeology Laboratory provides excellent facilities for teaching and research. Housed on Level 1 of the Old Teachers College Building (A22), the Archaeology Laboratory is comprised of research, teaching and microscope laboratories, and contains facilities for the support of archaeological research and the teaching of ‘hands-on’ or practical archaeological classes. Field equipment ranging from GPS units and electronic total station theodolite (Sokkia SET 5/5S, Leica TCRA1105 Plus) to trowels, compasses and measuring tapes can be borrowed through the Archaeology Laboratory for research projects.

The laboratory provides Honours and Postgraduate students and staff with facilities and bench space for the processing and analysis of archaeological material. A ‘wet lab’ located in the Archaeological Teaching Laboratory is available for processing and drying excavated material. The Teaching Lab also contains a fume cupboard, lithics and faunal reference collections, zoom stereo and biological microscopes and other specialised equipment to aid in research and in the analysis of material.

The Microscope Lab is a room dedicated for the use of the more powerful microscopes owned by the department, and Archaeology students and staff may, in addition, have access to the equipment housed in the University’s Electron Microscope Unit, if required.

The Archaeology Research Laboratory is used by honours and postgraduate students and staff requiring bench space for the analysis of material.

Undergraduate student volunteers gain experience by working on material from the many research projects that are carried out in the lab (link to research projects). Archaeology students wishing to gain lab and/or fieldwork experience are also encouraged to sign up for the Archaeology Work Experience register which seeks to inform students of upcoming volunteer opportunities.

For enquiries regarding the Archaeology Laboratory or the Work Experience Register, please contact the Archaeology Laboratory Administrator Ina Kehrberg: .