Resources & Facilities

We strive to improve our facilities and resources every year, of recent we have added the ability to create distance-learning courses and podcasts using the Echo360 digital recording; Environmental Archaeology Lab devoted to the study of human interactions with past environments, focusing on the analysis of archaeological plant and animal remains from sites worldwide; and a Zooarchaeology Lab.

The Teaching Fellows office has gone through a major renovation adding office system work-stations.  We continue to improve our space for your students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Gabel Museum of Archaeology

Director: Professor Curtis Runnels
Curator: Priscilla Murray

The Gabel Museum has a small collection of artifacts, storage areas, a computerized artifact catalog, and a work area for examining artifacts and preparing displays. There are exhibit cases both within the museum and throughout the hallways. The purpose of the Gabel Museum is to provide materials for teaching and to give interested students an opportunity for hands-on experience with a museum collection. Members of Boston University’s Archaeology Club presently work as curatorial assistants learning basic museum methods and at the same time contributing to the museum catalog.

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Gabel Museum display cases filled with artifacts

Many of the materials being studied are American Indian artifacts donated by Charles Herbert Mitchell to Boston University in 1936. The collection is varied and includes ground stone implements such as axes, adzes, net sinkers, mortars, pestles, and querns. There are also hundreds of projectile points dating from Palaeoindian to early historical times, as well as Southwestern pots, wampum beads, game stones, and pipes.

In addition to the Mitchell collection, the museum has a small collection of African materials generously donated by Professor Creighton Gabel and a representative collection of Greek antiquities contributed by Professor James Wiseman. These three collections form the core of the museum’s holdings. In addition, the Gabel Museum has the Percy Woodward collection of Egyptian, Mesoamerican, and South American artifacts on loan from Boston University’s Theology Library. The Woodward artifacts include Egyptian amulets, figurines, and small sculptures; decorated pottery and figurines from Aztec Mexico; South American textiles; and a large wooden cup called a kero from 17th or 18th century Peru.

 

Computer Support, Training, and Printing

Free training on Macintosh or Windows personal computers is available at Information Technology (353-2780) and the Personal Computing Support Center (353-2784). You can also check their web site for a list of hands-on training sessions, training manuals, and tutorials. Tutorials can be found here;  for technical queries, contact the computer support center 353-5930 or visit the Information Technology website.

There are color and black-and-white printers connected to the CAS computer lab (Room 330) available for student use. The printing room (CAS331) is staffed from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and printing in the CAS computer lab is only available during these times.

Department Lounge

The faculty/staff/student lounge, located in room 247B, is equipped with a full-size refrigerator/freezer, counter-top sink, automatic coffee/tea maker, toaster oven, microwave, table, and chairs. The Department provides minimal supplies and maintains cutlery, plates, and cleaning supplies for use in the lounge.

Please enjoy the lounge, and employ the following courtesies:

  • Clean up immediately after using any of the cutlery or dishes.
  • Do not let perishables spoil in the refrigerator.
  • Please place all recycling in the appropriate bins.
  • All food stored in cabinets must be in plastic bags or air-tight containers.

In the evening, shut off the lights, unplug the toaster oven, and lock the suite door behind you if you are the last person to leave the lounge for the day.

Graduate Student Office Space

Desk space is provided for all Teaching Fellows during the semester(s) in which they are employed. In some year’s additional desk space may be available and will be assigned during the first week of classes in September. Students wishing desk space should e-mail the Administrator of the department and explain their need for a desk at beginning of every academic year.

 

Stone Science Library

The Stone Science Library brings together books, journals, atlases, maps, photographs, and more in support of the Department of Archaeology, Department of Earth Sciences, and the Center for Remote Sensing.