The Department has a fully equipped conservation laboratory, used primarily for historical archaeological analysis, as well as for the stabilization and restoration of any archaeological artifacts. Both inorganic and organic artifacts are conserved using a wide range of techniques including freeze drying, freezer storage, mechanical and chemical cleaning. The restoration and conservation of metals, ceramics and textiles is carried out on site. Some analyses of artifactual remains can be facilitated through the co-operation of the Department of Earth Science which provides additional information to students, interns and professional conservators working out of the laboratory.
laboratory is equipped with stainless steel sinks and
microscopes for artifact cleaning and analysis. Shelf storage units are available for working collections from prehistoric sites. Several large tables provide layout space for artifact study. This lab also houses a small zooarchaeological reference collection.
laboratory is equipped for both teaching and research.
Stainless steel sinks and low and high-powered microscopes are
available for paleoethnobotanical analysis. Other resources include
a Flote-tech style flotation machine, an IDOT style screen,
geological sieves, and an extensive modern seed reference
The North Atlantic Archaeology data management lab is fully-equipped for computer processing, analysis and printing of GIS (Geographical Information System) data. Access can be arranged for any Archaeology Grad student.
The North Atlantic Archaeology collections room houses the large assemblage of Paleo-Eskimo artefacts excavated at Port-au-Choix, Newfoundland. Microscopes, cameras and layout space are available for students working on this and related projects.
The North Atlantic Archaeology lab provides a large, state-of-the-art layout space for faculty and graduate student researchers working on both pre-historic and historic period human impact on the landscape of Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula.
The osteological collection room is a limited access space for the storage of human skeletal remains. The study collections include human remains recovered from a 16th century Basque cemetery at Red Bay, and 18th and 19th century Euro-Canadian skeletal materials.
The large collections room and nearby iron artifact storage room house assemblages from many historic and prehistoric archaeological sites in Newfoundland and Labrador. The collections room contains several tables for layout and study of specimens by students and visiting researchers. Reference collections feature ceramic types, glass bottles, and European clay pipes for use in research.
The Great Hall Exhibition Space is located on the main floor of Queen's College. This facility was opened in 1997 with an exhibit of regional furniture from Newfoundland, England and Ireland. Other exhibits have featured Newfoundland ship models and paintings, Newfoundland outport furniture, the history of Pippy Park, which surrounds the University, and handmade picture frames. A row of permanent display cases has been installed along the main hallway of the ground floor in which students are encouraged to install exhibits and mini-exhibits. Clay tobacco pipes, ceramics, and early 19th century clothing are currently on display.