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IPermanent archeological research facilities are maintained by the UND Anthropology Research section on the Grand Forks campus and at the UND Archeological Research station, known as UNDAR-West, in Belfield, North Dakota.

The UND Anthropology Department has approximately 25,000 square feet of office, laboratory, classroom, and storage space at its main building, Babcock Hall. Over 13,000 square feet of this space is devoted to research purposes. A comprehensive research library and archives, with over 2500 volumes of manuscripts and reports of regional interest, archeological site and project files, a file of state maps, and comparative lithic, ceramic, and faunal collections are maintained in Babcock Hall. Available laboratory and office equipment includes up-to-date desktop and laptop computers, access to mainframe computers and servers, computer printers and scanning and digitizing equipment, drafting and light tables, artifact washing and flotation apparatus, size grading machines, microscopes, electronic scales, and so on. An extensive array of field equipment also is available, including manual and electronic mapping instruments (Sokkia total station and DGPS receivers), water screening and dry screening equipment, power augers, wheelbarrows, and various hand tools.

Washroom in Babcock Hall Sorting Lab in Babcock Hall Lithic Comparative Collection in Babcock Hall

The department also has a permanent artifact storage facility on the Grand Forks campus on the fourth floor of O’Kelly Hall, consisting of approximately 1,000 square feet of climate-controlled space with shelving for long-term storage of research collections. Long-term and short-term storage of collections also is done at Babcock Hall.

The UNDAR-West research station in Belfield is a separate, off-campus facility affiliated with and supervised by the department. The main mission of UNDAR-West is to provide small-scale cultural resources consulting services on a local basis in the western part of the state, particularly in relation to energy, transportation, and other development projects. The UNDAR-West facility consists of a modern building with approximately 3,000 square feet of office, laboratory, and storage space, as well as crew living quarters.

The department also makes extensive use of the services and facilities offered by other departments at UND, including transportation facilities, computing facilities, photographic and graphic services, duplicating and printing services, and administrative services. Another significant research resource available at UND is the Chester Fritz library, a major regional repository containing many thousands of volumes of books, journals, and government documents. In addition, the department has the opportunity to employ the special skills and expertise of faculty, staff, and students in other departments, such as Indian Studies, Biology, Geography, Geology, Sociology, and History, in its research endeavors.

created 24 March 2006

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