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 Bioarchaeology Laboratory has dedicated space in the Department of Archaeology and the Department of Earth Sciences for the preparation and chemical analysis of biological remains. We are currently setup for routine isotope analysis of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and strontium in a wide range of materials, and we are continuing to explore novel techniques for bone and tooth chemical analysis. Students and researchers in the Bioarchaeology Laboratory are directly involved in sample preparation, analysis and interpretation of data. Additionally, the Bioarchaeology Laboratory has restricted access space that includes comparative human skeletal collections for osteoarchaeological research.
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.
North Atlantic Archaeology laboratories
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 Graduate 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 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.