Archaeology and Heritage Laboratory (AHL)
Science 1, Room 225
Siobhan M. Hart, Director
The AHL, established in 2012-2013, fosters collaborative, community-based heritage work focused on the material culture and human experiences of colonialism in the Northeast. The facility combines and focuses departmental strengths in archaeology and heritage studies, and also promotes collaborations beyond narrow disciplinary niches. AHL activities involve collaborations with faculty and students from other disciplines at Binghamton University (e.g., history, literature, geography, political science, economics, area studies) to craft innovative multidisciplinary approaches. The AHL provides a platform for growing interests in colonialism, heritage work and applications in the Northeast at Binghamton University and will foster undergraduate and graduate learning and professional development in these domains.
The AHL serves four overlapping purposes:
(1) It is a locus for multidisciplinary, community-based heritage activities as a space for stakeholder consultations, interdisciplinary collaborations and related activities.
(2) It is a base for fieldwork projects conducted in the Northeast that address the AHL's goals, serving as the short-term curation facility for collections while the materials are undergoing analysis by undergraduate and graduate students.
(3) As an analytic facility, it is equipped for the examination and curation of the variety of archaeological materials found on colonial era sites (e.g., plant materials, animal bones and artifacts of stone, metal, glass or clay). A high-powered microscope with digital imaging equipment will be purchased in 2013 to allow for detailed analyses and high-resolution image capture. This will complement equipment currently available in departmental facilities, allowing faculty/graduate researchers to include high-powered microanalysis in future grant proposals.
(4) It serves as a teaching and training space, hosting classes such as Northeastern archaeology, archaeological lab methods and heritage studies. These courses use the collections, microscopes and technologies in the lab to enhance student learning and professional training.