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

On February 19th, the Department celebrated National Anthropology Day by hosting a public open house. Displays were presented in the labs, and mini-lectures and anthropology films were presented. 

The North Carolina Studies program hosted Dr. Christine Avenarius for her lecture "What sea-level rise? An ethnographic account of Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde County residents' observations about environmental change".

Check out the latest Department of Anthropology Spring 2015 newsletter highlighting some of our recent activities! Download a copy here.

 Linked by live video conferencing, Internet chat software and social media, ECU students were connected with their counterparts in different countries. Anthropology 1050: Global Understanding connected with Algerian students to discuss their cultures. Read the full article at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/globalclassroom.cfm

New edited volume from the British Archaeological Reports: Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and Dr. Mordechai Haiman (Israel Antiquities Authority).

Discovery is a core characteristic of pirates at ECU! See our Anthropology summer field school student, Mansi Trivedi, explain some of the discoveries in Jordan on the latest ECU Values video.

 On Tuesday January 27, Dr. Bailey and three other professors shared the ins and outs of writing and publishing. This panel of authors answered questions about why they chose to write books, how they select their publishers, and how they balance teaching, research, and writing: offering advice for would-be authors based on personal experience.