Archaeology Lab

Archaeology Major Sarah Crabb in the Archaeology Lab with her tools and lab equipment

Located in Gatke Hall in the north eastern corner of the Willamette campus, the Willamette Archaeology Lab is a unique feature of the Archaeology Program. It is the home to hundreds of ancient artifacts - most of which were excavated in The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by Professor Emeritus Dr. David McCreery - including pottery sherds, stone flakes and blades, and paleobotanical material.

Stone Artifacts in the Archaeology Lab

The Archaeology Lab is a fantastic and opportune place for students to get hands-on experience handling and taking care of archaeological material. In this way they can earn valuable training applicable to the real world of professional archaeology.

Student Maureen Ricks examining some paleobotanical material in the lab

Lab hours are hosted in the Archaeology Lab (Gatke 204) and the Archaeology Lab Office (Gatke 206) and are open to any student wishing to work in the Lab. This allows even students with no experience the opportunity to safely and responsibly interact with this unique resource. Relevant courses are also very welcome to access the Archaeology Lab for coursework when prearranged with CASA Staff. Please enter the Lab through the Lab Office.

Pottery being assembled in the Archaeology Lab

The Archaeology Lab Office also hosts the Archaeology Hearth and Resource Center. The Resource Center contains extensive reference materials on many aspects of archaeological study, as well as full collections of published archaeological journals. All these materials are available for checkout.