Archaeology Major Sarah Crabb in the Archaeology Lab with her tools and lab equipment

Located in Gatke Hall in the northeastern corner of the Willamette campus, the Willamette Archaeology Lab is a unique feature of the Archaeology Program. It is home to hundreds of ancient artifacts - most of which were excavated in The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by Professor Emeritus Dr. David McCreery - including pottery sherds, stone flakes and blades, and paleobotanical material.

Stone Artifacts in the Archaeology Lab

The Archaeology Lab is a fantastic place for students to get hands-on experience handling and taking care of archaeological material. It provides students with valuable training applicable to the real world of professional archaeology.

Student Maureen Ricks examining some paleobotanical material in the lab

Lab hours are hosted in the Archaeology Lab (Gatke 204) and the Archaeology Lab Office (Gatke 206) and are open to any student wishing to work in the Lab. This allows even students with no experience the opportunity to safely and responsibly interact with this unique resource. Relevant courses are also very welcome to access the Archaeology Lab for coursework when prearranged with CASA Staff. Please enter the Lab through the Lab Office.

Pottery being assembled in the Archaeology Lab

The Archaeology Lab Office also hosts the Archaeology Hearth and Resource Center. The Resource Center contains extensive reference materials on many aspects of archaeological study, as well as full collections of published archaeological journals. All these materials are available for checkout.

Close up of pottery sherds in the Archaeology Lab

Lab Hours

Mondays: 6pm - 8pm

Tuesdays: 6pm - 8pm 


Office: 503-375-5468


Can't make those times but still want to come in?

Want some training on lab procedures and methods?

Contact CASA Staff for more info or special lab hours!

Stored pottery in the Archaeology Lab
Willamette University

Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

Gatke Hall
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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