The UWA Archaeology Lab
Dedicated laboratory for artefact analysis and project planning
The Archaeology Lab is a research and analysis facility used by UWA undergraduates, postgraduates, student volunteers, honours students, staff and visiting researchers. It is an essential working space to examine artefacts, botanical and faunal specimens and other material brought back from excavations. The lab is used to analyse materials such as seeds, animal bones, shells, eggshells, stone artefacts and charcoal collected during fieldwork.
In the lab, students develop their skills in post-excavation sorting and analysis of material, while contributing to current research projects. Learning how to use the equipment and developing skills in a professionally operating laboratory provides students with essential real-world experience.
Equipment in the Archaeology Lab includes:
- Drying ovens, donated by Shell Australia
- Fume hood
- AmScope stereo microscopes
- Olympus Adjustable Lens Microscopes for charcoal analysis
- Leica Microscope with photography ability
- Nikon Microscope for transmitted and reflected light microscopy and fluorescence work
- Computers equipped with ArcGIS software for mapping, SPSS statistical package and LaSphinx for interview analysis
UWA archaeologist finds ancient 'gates'
High-resolution images from Google Earth have led to the discovery of hundreds of mysterious ancient structures scattered across the desert in Saudi Arabia — by an archaeologist in Perth who has never visited the area.Read more
Wine sales to assist archaeology research in WA
A WA winery will provide a $1000 research grant and additional funding based on the sale of their specialist Batavia red wine for archaeology honours students at UWA. The Batavia UWA Archaeology Research Grant from Bellamarine Wines was named after the famous archaeological shipwreck and survivor’s camp on WA’s coast. It will be awarded to one of 14 honours students studying in 2018, UWA’s largest intake of honours students ever.Read more