State-of-the-Art Facilities

facilitiesAn extensive Archaeology Collections Laboratory is located on the main floor of Lowry Hall. It is adjacent to large resource facility consisting of a 16-station bench lab, an adjacent drafting and GIS lab, a layout room for analysis, a room with specialized drainage for processing flotation and faunal samples, and a 1,015 sq. ft. curation facility. The latter is the repository for over 350,000 artifacts recovered from archaeological excavations, and for the written records, maps, and photographs that document their recovery. Our collections represent one of the largest university collections of archaeological materials in the Northeastern United States.

A specialized storage and study facility houses one of the largest primate and human evolutionary cast collections in the United States. These include collections of hominoid and other primate fossils from Olduvai, Koobi Fora, Hadar, Aramis, South Africa, and other sites in Tanzania, Kenya, Pakistan, India, and Europe. It also contains a large collection of extant primate casts.

Nearby is the Brain Evolution laboratory that is equipped to process soft tissue as well as bone material. Techniques routinely used in this laboratory include histological and immunohistochemical processing of tissues, immunoassays, and advanced stereology.

We also have an Evolutionary Genetics laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment.

A ten-station computer lab with high-speed laser printers, internet access, and relevant GIS, CAD, and statistical software is located on the lower floor. Lowry is wired for Wi-Fi. The building is also specially equipped for teaching biological anthropology and archaeology with state-of-the-art teaching labs, seminar rooms, and a large multimedia lecture hall, which is used for large classes and special events. In the 1930s, it was a women’s dining room. (Image right: © 1993 A Book of Memories, Kent State University Press).

The famous Hamann-Todd Collection of hominoid primates and humans is available at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, located 50 minutes from Kent by car. Several members of the Kent State faculty are Research Associates of the CMNH and use its extensive collections on a regular basis.In addition to the dissection facility, the building also houses three state-of-the-art research laboratories designated for faculty, graduate and undergraduate research. These are currently equipped for field specimen analysis of primate fecal and other organic data indicators, avian embryological experimentation, bone histomorphometry and microscopy, and neuroendocrine histology.