Public Archaeology Lab

The Public Archaeology Lab was designed to support the students, staff, and faculty of the Department of Anthropology, and anyone else with an interest in our past. The lab provides space for students to become involved in piecing together the history of our region. We have wet and dry workstations, a reference and research area, and artifact storage space.  A collection of archaeological journals and reports, and an array of other research texts and materials is available for student use. Whether working on artifacts, examining historic documents, or simply connecting with other students interested in field, there’s always something to dig in to in the Public Archaeology Lab.  

Valuable Hands-On Experience

Valuable hands-on experience can be gained by assisting staff with processing the numerous artifacts recovered from our regional excavations.  This includes the washing, sorting, identifying, cataloguing and coding of all recovered materials.  Other aspects of laboratory work include accessioning and/or analyzing photograph and map collections, conducting historical research, analyzing excavation notes and records, illustrating artifacts, writing reports, developing displays and exhibits, and giving guided tours to visitors and school groups.


Contact Us

Liz Seidel

Archaeology Lab Director/Senior Staff Archaeologist

Get Involved



The Public Archaeology Lab offers several paid internships for students during the academic year, allowing you to earn a stipend while gaining experience and building your resume. Research topics and work schedules are determined in conjunction with the Lab Director.

CES Internships

Field Work

In the lab or in the field, having the opportunity to apply your skills in real world situations is incredibly beneficial in preparing for a career in archaeology. The Public Archaeology Lab provides opportunities for our students to get out and get dirty!  Whether it’s conducting a Sunday afternoon field survey, working on weekend excavation project, taking a trip to an excavation site to volunteer for a day, or signing up for our Summer Archaeology Field School, we provide our students with opportunities to gain experience – honing skills and building that resume!


Come See Us

Students and community members (we are a public lab) are invited to stop by to learn how to get involved.  Pop in to see what fascinating materials we’re working on currently.  We’ll be happy to show you through our space and explain the work of the archaeologist, both in the lab and in the field. We also offer group visits for your class or organization. The Washington College Public Archaeology Laboratory maintains flexible hours of operation – feel free to call ahead (410-810-7164) to make sure we’re home.