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The Anthropology Laboratory is a dynamic facility dedicated to research, conservation, and dissemination of anthropological knowledge to the Temple University community and to the general public.

The Laboratory is used to teach and train both undergraduate and graduate students, providing hands-on learning experiences in observing, documenting, and analyzing artifacts of all kinds.

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 ethnographic collections feature material artifacts from various cultures of North America, South America, and Oceania.

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 Laboratory also houses casts of fossil hominid remains, human skeletal specimens, and comparative collections of primate and other mammalian skeletal and dental specimens, which support biological anthropology instruction at Temple University.

Before moving to Gladfelter Hall in 1972, the Anthropology Laboratory was located in College Hall, next to the Baptist Temple, where collections began arriving in 1964.

Visitors may view exhibits in the Laboratory (in Gladfelter Hall, L8) as well as in the adjacent lobby. Temporary exhibits may also be found elsewhere on campus. Exhibits are curated by Temple undergraduate and graduate students, including participants in the Practicum in Curation and Collections Management held each semester.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Leslie Reeder-Myers

Director, Anthropology Laboratory and Museum

telephone: 215-204-1418

email: anthlab@temple.edu


Dr. Charles Weitz, Chair

Laboratory, Research, and Exhibits Committee

telephone: 215-204-7330

email: weitz@temple.edu

For further information about the Anthropology Department at Temple University, visit:

website: http://www.cla.temple.edu/anthro/

Instagram: @templeanthropology