Our facilities were extensively refurbished in 2010 in recognition of the high quality research carried out here. The eight research laboratories and one teaching laboratory (totaling 460 m2) are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment with the resulting laboratory spaces being some of the best of their kind on campus. In addition, our teaching facilities support real and stimulating research-led teaching activities.
Research supported by our laboratories includes prehistoric textiles, archaeobotanical remains, rock art, faunal material, lithics, and ceramics. We maintain the largest pollen reference collection in Australia, as well as excellent plant, bone, shell and obsidian collections. With a wide range of optical microscopes and a scanning electron microscope, we can analyse artefacts, pollen, charcoal, phytoliths and diatoms from both ancient and modern sites. We also have access to world-class ANU facilities for archaeological dating, stable isotope analysis, and a wide range of other scientific analyses.