The UAA Anthropology Department has 5 laboratories that are used by faculty and students for hands-on teaching and conducting research. This includes a GIS/Cultural Research Lab which can also be used for some linguistic analyses, a Biological Anthropology and Bioarchaeology Lab, and three different archaeology labs: The Cultural Resource Management Lab, the Archaeology Dry Lab, and the Archaeology Wet Lab. The Department has equipment in each of these labs that students may use for class projects and their own research. Please see the different laboratory tabs to the right for a detailed description of each lab and the equipment available in it.
Other On-Campus Resources
- Consortium Library, the main campus library, and a consolidation of University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University collections. Also refer to the Library Guide for Anthropology assembled by our library liaison, Ralph Courtney.
- Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS), located within the Alaska Consortium Library on the UAA campus, is a federal and state repository.
- Archives and Special Collections Department within the Consortium Library maintains papers, photographs, moving images, audio, and other documentation from individuals, organizations, and businesses in Alaska.
Off Campus Resources
- Arctic Studies Center (ASC), an extension of the Smithsonian Institution, is housed in the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in downtown Anchorage. In addition to staging exhibits and engaging in a range of collaborative research programs, the ASC Alaska Office works with the University of Alaska and the Alaskan museums and cultural centers to offer lectures, workshops, and courses in cultural research and museum skills. Dr. Aron Crowell, an Affiliate Professor of Anthropology at UAA, directs the Center's office.
- Alaska Native Heritage Center, a renowned cultural center and museum in Anchorage, provides a venue for people to expand their understand of Alaska's first people. The center shares the rich heritage of Alaska's eleven cultural groups drawing upon the lifeways of long ago, the wisdom of elders, and enduring traditions. The cultural center and museum, located in Northeast Anchorage, is designed to enhance self esteem among Native people and to encourage cross-cultural exchanges.
- Research Library at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Alaska Science Center. Situated on the neighboring Alaska Pacific University campus, the USGS library includes field records of geologists charged with mapping and describing the Alaskan territory as an aid to prospectors.
- National Archives and Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region. Situated in downtown Anchorage, and one of eleven regional archives established in the U.S., the Pacific Alaska regional facility maintains records retired from Federal agencies and courts in Alaska
State and Federal Agencies
Through cooperative agreements and memberships on the Graduate Advisory Board, the UAA Department of Anthropology maintains contacts with all federal and state agencies in Anchorage that employ anthropologists and/or have responsibilities in the anthropological arena. These include the following:
- Alaska Office of History and Archaeology, Department of Natural Resources (OHA)
- Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
- Bureau of Land Management
- National Park Service (NPS)
- US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Alaska Department of Fish and Game Subsistence Division (ADF&G)
- US Forest Service, Chugach National Forest (USFS)