Undergraduate Teaching Labs & Collections

Learning in our labs

Learn about how our specimens are being added to an online 3D digital database so that anthropology students can access bone casts and fossils in a virtual lab.

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.

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).

Courses frequently held in our labs:

  • introductory classes in archaeology and biological anthropology;
  • advanced classes in archaeological analysis, paleobotany, zooarchaeology;
  • bioarchaeology, human osteology, paleoanthropology, and forensic anthropology;
  • introductory courses in sociocultural and linguistic anthropology as a venue for smaller tutorials and group discussions.

Specimen collections

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.

The biological anthropology teaching collection:

  • includes approximately 500 replicas or casts of modern human skeletal material, fossil hominids, and modern and fossil primates
  • facilitates hands-on examination of various aspects of human evolution, comparative human-primate morphology, human osteology, and forensic anthropology, among other topics

The archaeology 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
  • 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


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


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

Archaeology artifact storage area (left) and fossil cast storage area (right):

artifacts and fossil casts
Anthropology's specimen collections used in undergraduate courses. Photos © Department of Anthropology.