The George Frederick Clarke Archaeological Teaching Laboratory
Archaeological teaching facilities at UNB have developed gradually over the past quarter century. A major refurbishment of the teaching space was undertaken in 2009−10, including new furniture and storage units. The lab was renamed for Dr. George Frederick Clarke in 2011, in commemoration of the Clarke family’s donation of Dr. Clarke’s artifact collection to UNB. You may learn more about this artifact collection by following the link below.
The teaching laboratory is located in the basement of Annex C. It currently consists of three rooms: The main room (Room 3) functions as a combination teaching and display area. Here students are introduced to the technical aspects of archaeological analysis. In this room, students, and, on occasion, members of the public, are able to view specimens from archaeological teaching collections. Some artifacts from Dr. Clarke’s collection are on display in this area, as well as posters that archaeology students have presented at conferences. A second room serves as a lab office and records storage area. The third room serves as a collections storage and preparation room. The space is partially climate controlled.
The teaching laboratory houses a variety of recording and analytical equipment including computers, scanners, stereo-microscopes, digital and analogue calipers, digital and analogue balances, cameras and projectors. It also contains a series of comparative collections. These include casts of artifacts representing time periods from 2 million years ago to recent times, animal bones for zooarchaeological teaching and research, and samples of tool-stones commonly used by aboriginal people in the Maritimes area.