Undergraduate Teaching Labs & Collections

Learning in our undergraduate labs

UTM Anthropology has two undergraduate teaching laboratory spaces located on the ground floor of the William G. Davis Building in rooms DV2045 and DV2047. Access to both labs is via DV2047V.

Specimens and artifacts

Teaching lab rooms

Davis Building on UTM campus with grass and trees in summer
The Department of Anthropology undergraduate teaching labs are located in the William G. Davis Building, pictured. Photo © University of Toronto. All Rights Reserved.

    Specimen collections for undergraduate courses

    The Department of Anthropology’s undergraduate laboratory teaching facilities include a diverse collection of approximately 2500 teaching specimens spanning the range of physical materials that anthropologists, particularly archaeologists and biological anthropologists, typically work with.

    Virtual specimen collection

    Virtual bone casts and fossil specimens may be used when examining skeletal anatomy across multiple species of primate, including humans. Dr. Lauren Schroeder and U of T colleagues are creating this digital database of hundreds of specimens using high-resolution 3D scanning. 

    View a 3D specimen model

    specimen of primate skull with computer screen in background
    Scanning a cast of a skull using a handheld 3D scanner. Photo by Johnny Guatto.



    Biological anthropology specimens

    The teaching collection includes approximately 500 replicas or casts of:

    • modern human skeletal material,
    • fossil hominids,
    • and modern and fossil primates.

    This collection facilitates hands-on examination of:

    • various aspects of human evolution,
    • comparative human-primate morphology,
    • human osteology, and
    • forensic anthropology,
    • among other topics.

    Learn about Biological Anthropology at UTM

    replicas of biological anthropology skull specimens
    Replica specimens from the UTM Biological Anthropology collection. Photo by Johnny Guatto.



    Archaeology artifacts

    The teaching collection includes approximately 2000 artifacts and replicas spanning many aspects of human material culture from the earliest stone tools to the recent, historic past.

    This collection represents a wide range of geographic contexts from around the world, but with a particular emphasis on material culture relating to the archaeological history of Indigenous populations from southern Ontario and the wider region of Northeastern North America.

    Learn about Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management at UTM


    Laboratory rooms

    DV2045 Teaching Lab

    DV2045 front view
    Anthropology's undergraduate teaching lab in DV 2045. Photo © Department of Anthropology. Enter via DV2047V.

    DV2047 Teaching Lab

    DV2047 front view
    Anthropology's undergraduate teaching lab in DV 2047. Photo © Department of Anthropology. Enter via DV2047V.

    Benefits of learning in a lab:

    • students can interact with instructors, teaching assistants, and peers in a smaller-group environment;
    • allows a more personal experience for students in large first and second year courses;
    • facilitates direct manipulation and examination of physical specimens (a basis for research/study in archaeology and biological anthropology).

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    Courses frequently held in our labs:

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