The Phelps Archaeology lab has the capability of supporting multiple projects simultaneously, including projects from the earliest Paleoindian cultures to the latest historical periods. Named for its founding director, the Phelps Archaeology Laboratory is administered by the Department of anthropology and located in the Flanagan Building on the campus of East Carolina University. The lab serves to foster research and education concerning the history and prehistory of eastern North Carolina.
There is sufficient field equipment to outfit multiple field crews including two total stations and a ground penetrating radar unit.
The lab has the facilities to handle artifact processing and cataloging as well as drafting and photography for report preparation. Most of these operations have been computerized utilizing such peripheral devices as: flatbed and slide scanners, digital cameras, and two Recon PDAs for collecting and storing digital data in the field.