Research helps us do our jobs better. Through our research, we can teach students about new technology, a new way of thinking about things, and how to think analytically. You’ll find that our faculty and staff have diverse research backgrounds, which we share with students during their time here. One of the great things about our department is that once you declare anthropology as your major, you qualify to do research. That’s right—you don’t have to be a junior, senior, or graduate student. Research starts when you first walk through our doors. And since we value research, we’ve made sure you'll have some of the best facilities and technology available.
One great resource is our Applied Anthropology Laboratories, which hold an extensive library of archaeological literature concentrating on the Midwest. In addition, this facility houses extensive artifact collections. We maintain diagnostic artifact and chert-type collections as an educational and professional resource. The labs' research collections have established us as a leading resource center for professional and amateur archaeologists, public school teachers, and other interested individuals.
We also have a 440 square foot museum that highlights the department’s ethnographic and archaeological collections. The museum is open during normal business hours: Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00 during the academic year and Monday through Friday 7:30-4:00 during the summer months. The museum is normally closed during April for the installation of new exhibits. Admission is free and the museum is open to the public.”
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