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Laboratory and Museum
The Anthropology Laboratory and Museum is a dynamic facility dedicated to research, conservation, and dissemination of anthropological knowledge to the Temple University community and to the general public.
The holdings include approximately 200 collections that have been generated by faculty and graduate student field research and obtained through intermuseum loans and transfers.
The archaeological holdings include collections derived from sites excavated in the Mid-Atlantic region, along with comparative lithic and ceramic collections from the American Southeast and Southwest and from Central America. The Anthropology Laboratory and Museum serves as a repository for cultural resource management reports and collections from the National Park Service and from the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The ethnographic collections feature material artifacts from various cultures of North America, South America, and Oceania.
The physical anthropology collections feature casts of fossil hominid remains, human skeletal specimens, and comparative collections of primate and other mammalian
skeletal and dental specimens.
The Laboratory is used to teach and train both undergraduate and graduate students, providing hands-on learning experiences in observing, documenting, and analyzing anthropological specimens and artifacts of all kinds.
Temple University was invited in the summer of 2010 to take part in the Philadelphia-wide Student Success Center Initiative. This initiative is designed to meet goals set by Mayor Michael Nutter's office to increase high school attendance, graduation rates, and college readiness. Frankford High School, the nearest of the city's twelve student success centers, was chosen as Temple's partner school. Over the course of the academic year, Temple hosts about 300 Frankford students on enhanced campus visits, which are intended to introduce them to the expectations of college education. The Department of Anthropology's Main Laboratory has been chosen as a key part of this enhanced experience. A visit to the Lab, hosted by Ms. Muriel Kirkpatrick, Senior Laboratory Technician, offers the students a unique hands-on experience of other peoples, places, and times through ethnographic materials from South America, Oceania, and elsewhere, and through archaeological artifacts from the very distant past. This hands-on experience is followed by a visit to Temple's Paley Library, where the students are introduced to a university library and to the wealth of anthropological knowledge that has been gleaned from the types of objects that they encountered in the Lab. The goal of these enhanced visits is to motivate students to achieve in high school and to go on to attend college. The first such visit to the Lab was held on 28 September 2010. Additional visits have since been held on 6 October 2010, 10 November 2010, and 31 January 2011.
Exhibits may be found at the entrance to the Laboratory (in the Gladfelter Hall lobby, L8) as well as elsewhere on campus, such as the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT).
An internship in collections management is sponsored through the Temple University Career Center.
A blog about our collections can be found at http://anthropologylabtemple.wordpress.com
An article about the Laboratory and Museum appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of the Temple Review.
Undergraduate anthropology major Nicole Welk is featured in a "Faces of Temple" short video for her work with the collections in creating the exhibit "Anthropology Speaks."
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Muriel Kirkpatrick, Senior Laboratory Technician
Dr. Christie Rockwell, Chair of the Laboratory and Technology Committee