Historical Archaeology Laboratory
Director: Dr. Emily Dale
Location: Room 160B
The Historical Archaeology Lab focuses on collaborative research, public archaeology, and student engagement in investigating the 19th- and 20th-century American West and Southwest. For current and past projects, the Lab has partnered with the Kaibab National Forest, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Navajo Nation, the Museum of Northern Arizona, and NAU’s Interns-to-Scholars Programs. Through both collections research and archaeological excavations and surveys, the lab addresses questions of identity, culture contact, labor, and domesticity. The Historical Archaeology Lab also houses a growing type collection of historical artifacts from throughout Arizona.
Arizona-based initiatives include:
- the Apex Field School from Tusayan, in collaboration with Kaibab National Forest;
- the St. Michael’s Mission Outhouse Collection Project from Window Rock, courtesy of a cooperative agreement with the Navajo Nation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Museum of Northern Arizona;
- the Joann W. Kealiinohomoku Historic Flagstaff Home Collection Project; and
- “An Archaeological Examination of Flagstaff Consumerism in the Post-War Era,” in partnership with NAU’s Interns-to-Scholars program.