Facilities & Resources
The role of the Archaeology Department's conservation laboratory is to assist with the long-term preservation of archaeological material through the conservation of collections recovered by Faculty and graduate students.
Most archaeological collections that are sent to the laboratory for treatment are recovered from land-based sites throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
The conservation lab is equipped with four large sinks, a large bench space, microscopes, an Accumet XL50 ion/ISE meter, a large freeze drier, a walk-in cold room and freezer room storage, treatment tanks, a fume hood, an air abrasive machine, and other hand held cleaning tools.
The prehistory 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.
The paleoethnobotany 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 collection.
The MAAS lab is designed to facilitate a wide-range of analytical methods in archaeology, including stable and radiogenic isotope analysis (C/N/O/Pb/Sr/S), thin-section preparation, sclerochronology and high-resolution digital light microscopy.
Researchers in this lab work with a diverse range of materials to answer questions ranging from the deep archaeological past, to the historic era through the examination of animal and human populations. The lab specializes in the analysis of organic and inorganic hard-tissues including human and animal bone, teeth, hair, shell, coral as well as metals, ceramics and sediments from archaeological contexts worldwide.
Labrador Digital Laboratory
The Labrador digital data lab is fully-equipped for computer processing,analysis and printing of GIS (Geographical Information System) data. Access can be arranged for any Archaeology Graduate student.
Historical Archaeology Laboratory
The Historical Archaeology lab provides a large, state-of-the-art layout space for faculty and graduate student researchers working on historic period human impact on the landscape of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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 has several compact, high-density rolling storage units that incorporate individual cabinets and trays plus open storage space. The collections room also 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 Port-au-Choix 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.
Great Hall Exhibition Space
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.
Osteological Collection Room
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.