ECU Phelps Archaeology Lab

Overview

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.

Equipment

There is sufficient field equipment to outfit multiple field crews including two total stations and a ground penetrating radar unit.

Facilities

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.

Current Projects

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Department News

Dr. Charles Ewen interviewed for the New York Times. Is it the Roanoke Island Colony? Read more to find out!

This summer two undergraduate anthropology students at East Carolina University, Tyler Beasley and Anna Lawrence, worked as interns for the Hyde County Office of Planning and Economic Development through the State Employees' Credit Union Foundation public service internship program. Both interns worked on research projects aimed at improving economic development by better understanding the needs of the local business community.

 

Marina Clough, also an undergraduate anthropology student at East Carolina University, completed an internship at Wanchese Industrial Park and provided an overview of webpages and print media that write or advertise about sailing related events, helped plan the Regatta of Sail NC and conducted 40 interviews with participants.

 Dr. Holly Mathews and Dr. Laura Mazow were recognized for their outstanding teaching methods by students during the Spring 2015 semester from the College STAR.

Student response for Dr. Mathews:

"She gives feedback and forces her students to expand their mind and explore alternate theories or explanations. She wants her students to discuss topics in class instead of just listening to her talk the entire time."

Student response for Dr. Mazow:

"We have a small class which allows many opportunities for a lot of class discussion...She always provides feedback and answers to our journal entries and is always available when we need help." 

Congratulations to them both!