Students in Anthropology at Dickinson get hands-on experience in the Keck Biological Anthropology Lab and the Dickinson Environmental Archaeology Lab (DEAL). Many also gain experience in the Keck Archaeology Lab.
The Keck Biological Anthropology Lab, completed with grants from the W. M. Keck Foundation and the Booth Ferris Foundation, has teaching and research collections in human osteology, hominin fossil casts, biometric tools, and computer resources and software to analyze biocultural data. The lab also houses ethnographic fieldwork equipment, including digital audio recorders and computers and software for transcription and analysis. Students use the lab in biological anthropology courses, ethnographic research methods courses, independent student projects, and student/faculty research. The Keck Biological Anthropology Lab joins the Keck Archaeology Lab to form the Center for the Study of Human Origins and Ancient Cultures.
In the DEAL students learn to use equipment for archaeobotanical analysis, including tools for sorting and examining botanical samples, microscopes, and computing resources. Students work in the lab on independent research projects and student/faculty research, and it is the staging area for fieldwork in the Archaeological Methods and Theory course. The DEAL is also one of our two hubs for archaeological excavation and survey work, the other being the Keck Archaeology Lab, which contains the Simulated Excavation Field.