The Lithic Microwear and Technology Laboratory was happy to be a part of the TU Department of Anthropology Open House on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. This Open House was to celebrate the new laboratories and the recent remodel of parts of Harwell Hall, the housing facility for the Anthropology Department on campus. The lab played host to students, faculty, and guests from within the department as well as outside, allowing visitors the chance to hear an overview of not only what is housed within the collections, but current and future avenues of research as well.
Experimental work from the lab as well as archaeological artifacts that had been used in microwear research were on display with several tools under the microscopes for people to examine some of the variation in wear. Additionally, texts representing the past and current research efforts were a part of the display, allowing visitors to peruse the research interests of the lab at their own pace and inclination. For the more adventurous visitors, materials were set up to create and examine their own experimentally produced use-wear and instruction was given on the microscopes. This helped to highlight the resources available in the Lithic Microwear and Technology Laboratory, as well as the department as a whole in regard to the instruction of undergraduate and graduate courses.
For those who were unable to attend the Open House, we welcome you to come by and check out the lab space, collections, and ongoing research. If you would like to schedule a visit, please contact Dr. Danielle Macdonald at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a day and time.