Archaeological Data Processing Laboratory

The Archaeological Data Processing Laboratory, located in MFAC 327, provides facilities for the storage of archaeological research documentation, traditional drafting operations, computer operations involving archaeological data, and microscopic analysis of prepared archaeological specimens. The laboratory can be used by department faculty and graduate students who require the facilities that it supports for research or course work. It houses shelving, file cabinets, storage cabinets, and a map case for the archiving of both traditional forms of archaeological documentation (notebooks, forms, plans/sections, photographs) and electronic media, three drafting tables, three computer stations, a microscopy station, and a work table. Besides the three computer stations, the laboratory supports a flatbed scanner, a color ink-jet printer, and a slide scanner. The laboratory supports a wide assortment of software relevant to the development and analysis of archaeological data (e.g., AutoCad, ArcGIS, Geoplot, JMP). The microscope station includes both a binocular microscope and a polarizing light (petrographic) microscope. These are equipped with a digital camera and a digital video camera that can be linked to one of the computer stations for image processing.