Labs and Lounge
Material Culture Laboratory
Wiekamp DW 2210
The Laboratory of Material Culture provides facilities for the study and interpretation of cultural materials from around the world. There is an emphasis on tools, food, and other objects of everyday life. Microscopy and other analytical methods are combined with ethnographic fieldwork and with historical research to better understand the reasons for development and change in objects used by common people during the course of a typical day.
The laboratory is used for both research activities and teaching. Faculty are ready to assist museums, local historical societies, and others in the investigation, documentation, and interpretation of cultural resources.
The material culture lab houses a variety of resources from reference books to equipment for your research. If you are conducting independent research and need tape recorders, digital cameras, video cameras, or small digital flip cameras, contact the Instructional Media Services to check out the equipment.