Research Equipment and FacilitiesThe department maintains a variety of professional-quality equipment to aid your primary research. Additional equipment is available through Kenyon's audiovisual department, located on the first floor of the Olin Library.
Ask any member of the department faculty if you would like to borrow equipment.Faculty can advise you as to the specific piece of equipment that will best suit your needs.
Equipment for Archaeology and Physical Anthropology
The department has the standard equipment typically used in archaeological excavation and lab work. See Professors Urban and Schortman about this equipment, most of it stored in Davis House. In addition, the Department houses the Marks Collection of ethnological and archaeological materials.
See Professor Smail about the using the follow materials for osteological research.
- Human Skeletal Material, articulated and disarticulated
- Fossil Casts, primate and human
- Kenya National Museum
- University of Pennsylvania Museum
- Forensic Materials, from Colorado State University and elsewhere
- Human anatomy models
- Anthropometric equipment
- Maps and Charts
Audio Recording Equipment
We have numerous types of tape recorders and microphones to suit a wide variety of purposes. Some recorders fit into the palm of your hand and are quite unobtrusive in an interview setting. Other, somewhat larger machines offer high-quality recording suitable for radio broadcast or other professional productions. A number of machines also allow you to record directly from the telephone. Our microphones can enable you to record a single individual or a group in diverse settings. See Howard Sacks for specific information (and borrowing policy) on audio equipment selection.
Sony Walkman Pro WM-D3 (5)
Marrantz PMD 222 (2)
Marrantz PMD 221 (1)
Sony TCD5M (1)
Electrovoice 635A (3)
Shure SM57-LC (1)
Sony ECM-99 (1)
Sony F-25S (1)
Realistic 33-1040 (2)
Miscellaneous Audio Equipment:
Lavalieres for Sony Walkman (5)
Realistic Telephone Microphone (1)
Headphones for Sony Walkman (5)
Sony MDR-7506 Headphones (2)
Atlas Adjustable Table Microphone Stand (2)
Two-microphone Adaptor for Atlas Stand (1)
Microphone cables and clips
AC adaptors for recorders
Connector cables for recorders
Carrying cases w/straps for recorders
These machines help you transcribe audio tapes, an essential task in research involving interviews. Transcription machines include a number of features that make transcription easier--a pause peddle, variable speed control, and various tone controls to make voices more audible. In short, using these machines save you time in what can be a laborious transcription process.
Craig 2706A (1)
Sociologists and anthropologists frequently use still photography to document artifacts and events. We have various cameras, lenses, and related equipment.
Pentax K1000 35 mm
Pentax-A 50 mm
The department has a number of computers, including a terminal connected to the VAX mainframe and three multimedia stations, one of them equipped with an overhead projector for classroom and demonstration purposes. This equipment is loaded with hardware and software programs of particular value to sociology and anthropology. These include spreadsheet programs (Excel), statistical packages (Paradox and the MINARK software for archeological databases; SPSS and Anthropac), mapping tools (Autocad), and multimedia authoring programs (Authorware). With faculty permission, these may be used for student research.