Ceramic Analysis Laboratory
Directors: Dr. Kelley Hays-Gilpin, Dr. Chris Downum
Location: Rooms 160-160A
The Archaeological Ceramics Lab provides space, tools, and technology to process, sort, categorize, and analyze ancient pottery, and is equipped to salvage and research projects anywhere on the Colorado Plateau.
The facility includes:
- sinks, drying racks, and laboratory tables for processing field specimens and performing basic sorting and identification of pottery wares and types;
- optical microscopes, digital calipers, digital cameras, and digital scales to analyze pottery in terms of temper, thickness, size, painted and corrugated designs, and other attributes important to archaeological analysis;.
- type specimens of common Arizona and New Mexico pottery are available as a comparative collection; and
- a locking closet with secure storage space for collections to be analyzed for research or cultural resource compliance projects.