Facilities & labs

Students working in a lab

Our labs are well-equipped to meet the instructional and research needs of our students.

Archaeology lab

The archaeology lab houses research collections, workstations and provides bench space for graduate student and faculty research projects.

Collections include stone tools (archaeological examples, casts and replicas) that offer students the opportunity to study material of different ages from all over the world and to learn about a wide variety of techniques from flint knapping to grinding. The lab is equipped with computers, microscopes and digitizing equipment available to support student research.

Students in our department have benefitted from having access to state-of-the-art lab facilities in other departments, for example ICP-MS facilities in the Earth and Ocean Sciences Department. The lab provides a focal point for volunteer networks and a gathering place for students and faculty with interests in archaeology.

Biological facilities

The lab has the facilities to support research in biological anthropology.

Our lab is equipped with standard osteometric equipment (calipers, osteometric boards) and augmented with a NextEngine 3D desktop scanner and software to support 3D imaging of osteological and archaeological material.

The department's collection of non-archaeological human skeletons provides students the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning in practices of human skeletal identification and interpretation. Our collection includes a full range of hominin fossil casts casts of fossils as well as representative modern primates.

Zooarchaeology lab

See why the department's Zooarchaeology Collection is the largest and most extensive collection of animal skeletons in the Pacific Northwest.

Comprised of over 2500 fish, bird and mammal skeletons, the collection is routinely used by faculty, students and visiting researchers as an aid in identifying archaeological, paleontological and modern animal bone in research centred on dietary analyses, environmental reconstruction and animal behavior.

Collections Manager has over 30 years experience in the identification and analysis of Pacific Northwest faunal assemblages and routinely mentors students in the techniques and methods of faunal identification. She also provides assistance to visiting researchers. Contact for more information.

Ethnographic mapping lab

UVic's Ethnographic Mapping Lab is located in the Department of Anthropology. It provides a space to support communities and scholars to engage in mapping indigenous territories in support of aboriginal title and rights, public education, inter-generational knowledge transfer, and language revitalization. 

The lab is equipped with GIS and qualitative data analysis software, to support research and innovation in projects like traditional land use and occupancy mapping in indigenous communities and to provide space for interview transcription, high-speed document scanning, and software supported qualitative analysis.

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Sound lab

The sound lab provides an innovative space to explore, research and experiment with sounds. Students and faculty members can use the facility and equipment to record, edit and produce soundscapes in addition to dig into our sound and music collection. In combination with the Anthropology of Sound course (ANTH 303), this space contributes to the recognition of sound as an essential component of our relation with the environment surrounding us.

The sound lab supports the research and more experimental work of undergraduate, graduate students, post docs and faculty members who wish to engage with the sonic world from anthropological, sound studies and media arts perspective.

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Visual media labs

Our visual media lab in combination with our visual anthropology course offerings make UVic a premier institution for the study of visual culture and the production of research based media and art.

The lab is a dynamic and creative environment where students and faculty work on individual as well as collaborative visual and arts-based research. It has two fully equipped spaces to support traditional and creative research by both students and faculty.

Visual teaching lab

The Visual Teaching lab supports both undergraduate and graduate learning in the areas of visual anthropology, applied ethnographic film and culture and technology.

It is equipped with Mac computer work stations, video data projector for film screening, as well as individual and group work spaces for project production. Video cameras are available for student and faculty use through this lab.

Visual research lab

The Visual Research lab supports the work of graduate students, faculty, and post docs who produce visual media as part of their research, or conduct research on existing art and media.

This lab is equipped with Mac computers for new media and editing, scanning equipment, video and sound recording units, a soundproof room for audio work, large surfaces for analyzing 2-D imagery, and flat storage for large pieces of work.

Project work space in the visual research lab is available on a rotating basis for faculty and students and post docs engaged in visual research and media production.

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