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Department of Anthropology Labs and Exhibit Spaces



G floor, Stone Hall

In 2014, the Ethnolab was established, by a Purdue Non-Lab Equipment Grant and founded by Evelyn Blackwood, Ellen Gruenbaum, and Laura Zanotti, in the Department of Anthropology, to create a dedicated space to support student and faculty qualitative projects. The Ethnolab consists of two workstations equipped with transcription and data analysis software. The Ethnolab also provides users with equipment such as professional and amateur video cameras and tripods, digital audio recorders, and microphones. For a list of all the Ethnolab equipment and how to check them out, please contact our office.


Spatial Analysis Lab

G94, Stone Hall

The Spatial Analysis Lab was founded by Ian Lindsay, H. Kory Cooper, and Laura Zanotti. This lab is a designed space for work in archaeology, environmental anthropology, conservation studies/primatology work, and other work relevant to spatial analysis. The lab consists of three computer workstations for GIS mapping, imaging, and remote sensing. These tools are available to any faculty and graduate students in the Department of Anthropology with permission from the lab coordinator, Ian Lindsay.


Instructional Lab

Room 154, Stone Hall

The Instructional Lab was founded by the Purdue Tier I and Tier II award given to the Department of Anthropology. This grant was designed to outfit the teaching labs and purchase new teaching materials in 2010 and 2011. The Instructional Lab serves a multi-use classroom with bench lab capabilities, lockable storage/display cabinets, human and non-human primate fossil casts and skeletal materials, instructional field equipment, lab workstations, including some microscopes, and computer equipment. The Department of Anthropology has a list of all of the materials in the Instructional lab and lab items are available for in-class or field use, upon request.


Space for Practice

1-101, Lily Hall

Space for Practice was founded in 2017 as an initiative within Purdue’s Anthropologies of Tomorrow vision. The Space for Practice serves as a hub for students to engage with anthropological practitioners. It functions as a live and virtual community space for practicing and learning about collaboration and applied careers in anthropology. The lab includes a library of resources on applied anthropology and a database of former student and collaborative projects. For more information on the space or availability please contact Sherylyn Briller or Zoe Nyssa.


BioAnthropology Immuno-Nutrition Lab

Rooms 153, 320, & 321, Stone Hall

 The BioAnthropology Immuno-Nutrition Lab was established by Melissa Remis and further expanded by Stacy Lindshield as a collaborative space for faculty and students to conduct Anthropological and Nutritional research. This Bioanthropology lab is a collaborative space for faculty and students to research and study nutrition, primate ecology, conservation, biological sample collecting, data analysis, and fieldwork preparation. This lab space includes a web lab, fume hood, Ankom Fiber Analyzers, fact extractor, GENSYS 10S UV-vspectrophotometer, Wiley mini-mill, computer workstations, software, and equipment for sample collection and analysis. For information on using the space, availability, or equipment in the lab, please contact Stacy Lindshield, Melissa Remis, or Amanda Veile.


Laboratory for Behavior, Ontogeny, and Reproduction (LABOR)

Rooms 153, 320, & 321, Stone Hall

The Laboratory for Behavior, Ontogeny, and Reproduction was founded in 2014 by Amanda Viele as a multi-disciplinary research group dedicated to conducting ethical field and laboratory research in human biology. LABOR is located in 153, 320, and 321 of Stone Hall and consists of dry and wet lab space. The wet lab (Biohazard Level 2) is equipped to run Enzyme Linked Immunoassays to measure metabolic hormones and immunoproteins in human saliva and dried blood spots. Some of the equipment available in the wet lab include BioTek Microplate Washer and Absorbance Microplate Reader, Eppendorf Centrifuge and Microcentrifuge, Thermo Scientific Microplate Shaker, Mettler Toledo, and Sartorius Analytical Balances, Fisher Scientific Isotemp Magnetic Stirrer, Mettler Toledo pH Meter, fume hood, computer work stations, and several laboratory-grade freezers and refrigerators. The dry lab spaces are equipped with computer workstations and basic and specialized anthropometric equipment, including portable ultrasound machines, for training in field-based human nutritional assessments. If interested in the spaces, equipment, training, or internships for undergraduate and graduate students with LABOR, contact Amanda Veile.


Archaeology Lab

Room 218, Stone Hall

The Archaeology Lab at Purdue stores research materials for faculty and serves as a workspace for graduate and undergraduate working on faculty-led projects. The primary use of the space is to conduct analyses and to store equipment, archaeological artifacts currently being studied, as well as materials related to ongoing experimental, replicative, and computational research. If interested in reaching out to the Archaeology Lab, please contact Erik Otárola-Castillo.


Laboratory for Computational-Anthropology and Anthroinformatics (LCA)

Rooms 218 & B8, Stone Hall

The Laboratory for Computational-Anthropology and Anthroinformatics was founded in 2015 by Dr. Erik Otarola-Castillo as a space to research archaeological, biological anthropology, and human evolution issues. The research done in LCA revolves around the question What do Humans Eat and Why? Using data science and statistical analyses of archaeological, social, biological, morphological, and spatial processes, experimental design, and scanning and analysis of 3D data at the macroscopic and microscopic scales. For a list of equipment, questions on space, or research, contact Erik Otárola-Castillo.


BioAnth Isotope Ecology Research Lab (BIER Lab)

Rooms B11 (dry lab) & 321 (wet lab), Stone Hall

The BioAnth Isotope Ecology Research Lab was founded by Melanie Beasley in collaboration with Michele Buzon to utilize both dry and wet lab spaces available in the Department of Anthropology. The lab space provides the opportunity for students to learn stable isotope sample preparation techniques on a variety of biological tissues like teeth, bone, hair, fingernails, muscle tissue, and maggots for environmental, dietary, and geolocation research. Samples examined in the BIER Lab address a variety of broad questions in paleoanthropology, bioarchaeology, and forensics from an anthropological perspective. For more information on lab space, contact Melanie Beasley.


Bioarchaeology Lab 

Room B11, Stone Hall

The Bioarchaeology Lab was founded by Michele Buzon to create a space for a skeletal collection and analysis of archaeological remains or artifacts from an archaeological site in Tombos, Sudan. The Bioarchaeology lab space provides opportunities for student research on human skeletal remains, activity patterns, and access to standard osteometric equipment, photography station, 3-D scanner, and stereoscope. This lab also works collaboratively with the BIER lab with initial isotope sample preparation. For more information about space, availability, equipment, or questions, please contact Michele Buzon.


Multimodal Lab 

Coming soon, Fall 22

The multimodal lab is a visual and digital Anthropology Lab designed to support faculty and student research in multimodal forms. This lab is currently in development and more information will be forthcoming in spring 2020.


Mediums Exhibit Space 

2nd & 3rd floor hallways, Stone Hall

Mediums was created in 2019 by Purdue faculty and graduate students in the department as a permanent exhibit space in the Department of Anthropology at Purdue University. The hallway spaces seek to spark thought in individuals about the history and future of the world. The exhibit space brings together material objects, photography, three-dimensional art,digital art, and other media which articulate anthropologically-informed stories about global challenges. This exhibit space is annually curated by faculty and graduate students in the Department of Anthropology to reflect work that deepens understanding, exploration of human cultural diversity, and the multiple manifestations individuals takes on in the world.


Field Sights Exhibit Space 

3rd-floor hallway, Stone Hall

Field Sights is a rotating exhibit space in the Department of Anthropology at Purdue University, featuring photos, prints, sketches, drawings, smudges, and other two-dimensional art forms. The Field Sites curators design visual stories to explore human cultural diversity, through time and globally, as well as teach human and other primate adaptations to solve grand challenges in human societies with respect.