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Research Laboratory


Paleobotanical Facilities

  • A laboratory for extraction of pollen and phytoliths and a comparative collection of pollen, seeds, wood and charcoal (The C.T. Shay Archaeobotanical Collection) comprise our paleobotanical research facilities. The extensive comparative collection focuses on plant species from the northeastern Great Plains, the Aspen Parkland and the southern Boreal Forest. The Shay Collection also houses microscopes for examination of botanical remains

Zooarchaeological Facilities

  • Our zooarchaeological facilities include an extensive comparative collection of land and sea mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates and two fume hoods for preparing comparative specimens Microscopes and osteometric equipment are part of this facility.


  •  Our collections consist of archaeological materials from around Manitoba, spanning several thousand years of the province's history. We house collections donated by significant figures in Manitoba archaeology, including Christopher Vickers and Walter M. Hlady. We are also the repository for artifacts from the 1960s Glacial Lake Agassiz and Grand Rapids surveys.

·         Thin-Section Facility

  • Equipment for thin-sectioning shells, teeth, bones and ceramics is part of the laboratory capability. The equipment enables researchers to embed samples in resin (with or without vacuum impregnation), cut and polish sections, mount sections for thin-sectioning, cut thin-sections and polish thin-sections. Advanced microscopic examination is normally done in BDIAL.

Ethnographic Resources Laboratory

This laboratory aims to provide public accessibility to ongoing ethnographic research and researchers in the University of Manitoba’s Anthropology Department. 







  • Arctic Blue Books
    Welcome to the Arctic Blue Books online--a searchable, World-Wide Web version of Andrew Taylor's unique index to the 19th Century British Parliamentary Papers concerned with the Canadian Arctic.






  • Manitoba Archaeological Society (MAS)                                    
    • The Manitoba Archaeological Society was established in 1961 by a group of individuals concerned with the preservation of Manitoba's archaeological resources to promote the preservation, investigation, and publication of archaeological information and to foster the study and teaching of archaeology throughout the province.
  • Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology (CAPA)
    • The Canadian  Association for Physical Anthropology / L'Association Canadienne D'Anthropologie Physique is a learned society of international scholars and students whose aim is to promote and increase awareness and understanding of physical (biological) anthropology among its membership, as well as to supporting institutions and agencies and the public at large.  Physical anthropologists study adaptation, variability and evolution in a  biocultural context.
  • Human Biology Association (HBA)
    • The Human Biology Association is a vibrant nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to supporting and disseminating innovative research and teaching on human biological variation in evolutionary,  social, historical, and environmental context, worldwide.
    • We are an interdisciplinary group of scientists including internationally-recognized leaders in the fields of anthropology, anatomy, public health, endocrinology, genetics, nutrition, and numerous other fields.
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)
    • The AAPA is the world's leading professional organization for physical anthropologists. Formed by 83 charter members in 1930, the AAPA now has an international membership of over 1,700. The Association's annual meetings draw more than a thousand scientists and students from all over the world. Regular membership in the AAPA is open to professional physical anthropologists, advanced students, professionals in cognate sciences, and others who have demonstrated qualification by publication or professional activities.
  • The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)
    • From the organization's own webpage (Captured May 2007):The Society has for its object the promotion of interdisciplinary scientific investigation of the principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another, and the encouragement of the wide application of these principles to practical problems, and shall be known as The Society for Applied Anthropology.
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
    • From the organization's own webpage (Captured May 2007):  The American Anthropological Association (AAA), the primary professional society of anthropologists in the United States since its founding in 1902, is the world's largest professional organization of individuals interested in anthropology.
  • Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
    • From the organization's own webpage (Captured May 2007):  The Canadian Anthropology Society is a bilingual organization operating at a national level. Mandate: Promote anthropology in Canada, Support anthropological research, Disseminate anthropological knowledge in the academic milieu and to the wider public.  Job Bank link:
  • Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA)
    • From the organizations’s own webpage (Captured March 18, 2014): The Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) was founded in 1968. Membership includes professional, avocational and student archaeologists, as well as individuals of the general public of any country, who are interested in furthering the objectives of the Association.
  • Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
    • From the organizations’s own webpage (Captured March 18, 2014): The mission of the Society for American Archaeology is to expand understanding and appreciation of humanity's past as achieved through systematic investigation of the archaeological record. The society leads the archaeological community by promoting research, stewardship of archaeological resources, public and professional education, and the dissemination of knowledge.
  • Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA)
    • From the organizations’s own webpage (Captured March 18, 2014): Historical Archaeology is the study of the material remains of past societies that also left behind documentary and oral histories. This subfield of archaeology studies the emergence, transformation, and nature of the Modern World.
  • International Council for ArchaeoZoology (ICAZ)
    • From the organizations’s own webpage (Captured March 18, 2014): The International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ) is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting archaeozoological research of the highest scientific standards and fostering communication among the international community of archaeozoologists.
  • Association of Manitoba Archaeologists (AMA)
    • From the organizations’s own webpage (Captured March 18, 2014): The Association of Manitoba Archaeologists (AMA) is made up of professional and avocational archaeologists, academics and students who are committed to advancing archaeological practice in Manitoba.



The University of Manitoba Anthropology Students' Association (UMASA) is the representative organization for anthropology students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, committed to encouraging and assisting anthropology students’ academic and professional progress, on and off campus. This involves promoting students’ research agendas and career development by fostering a supportive environment of peers. Membership in UMASA is open to anyone with an interest in anthropology. The membership must be primarily students from the University of Manitoba, but is open to interested individuals outside of the institution.