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The Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology

The Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology is an internationally-known research collection, founded in 1982 by professors, Donald F. Tuzin (1945-2007) and Fitz John Porter Poole (1941-2002), in partnership with the UC San Diego Library. Early co-funding for the Archive was provided under the Title II-C program of the U.S. Department of Education, with additional funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation.  On-going support is provided by the Library.  The Archive is curated by librarian Kathryn Creely.

The Tuzin Archive is comprised primarily of unpublished materials from individual anthropologists, documenting research on the cultures of the southwest Pacific Islands. Formats in the component collections include manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, film and video, correspondence, and other supporting documentation, comprising over 300 linear feet of materials.  It is housed in and administered through the Mandeville Special Collections Library, located in the Geisel Library building.   

Digitization of images from the Tuzin Archive has been a priority in recent years, with the work being carried out under the auspices of the Library’s Digital Library Development Program.  The results, currently some 6600 images (with more images being added all the time), may be viewed through the Digital Library Collections interface. 

The UC San Diego Library also makes an ongoing effort to sustain an in-depth and comprehensive library collection of monographs, dissertations, government documents, and journals on Melanesia.  This collection is also an important research resource and is used by scholars from across the globe.  For more information please contact Kathryn Creely.

Human Comparative Neuroanatomy Laboratory

For more information please contact Dr. Semendeferi.

Paleodiet Laboratory


For more information please contact Dr. Schoeninger

Levantine Digital Archaeology Laboratory and Levantine Osteoarchaeology Laboratory


Levantine Labs location: SSB 130

For more information please contact Dr. Levy.

Near Eastern Remote Sensing Laboratory

For more information please contact Dr. Levy.

South American Archaeology Laboratory

Professor Goldstein directs the South American Archaeology lab located in SSRB 343. The lab houses the field and laboratory archives of the Moquegua Archeological Survey (1993-2000) and the Rio Muerto (2006-2009) and Omo archaeological projects (2010-2014) in Peru, and the Azapa Valley Archaeological survey in Chile (1991-92). The lab is affiliated with the Museo Contisuyo of Moquegua Peru and the Museo San Miguel de Azapa of Arica, Chile, where complete archaeological collections are housed for analysis. South American lab research focuses on regional, intersite and intrasite spatial analysis, artifact analysis, paleoclimate studies, and cartography, architectural reconstruction, and 3D visualization in association with the Geisel library GIS lab. The lab coordinates sample export and specialized student training in affiliated labs on ceramic sourcing, textile analysis. paleoethnobotany, archaeozoology, fluvial and groundwater geomorphology, isotopic paleodiet and migration studies, biological distance and paleopathology and radiocarbon dating. The lab is the UCSD base for graduate student research and for the UCSD Archaeological Field School in Peru and the “Archaeological Workshop” undergraduate research courses. Undergraduates also participate in lab research as volunteers, and through the McNair fellowship, Faculty Mentor and Anthropology Honors programs. For more information please contact Dr. Paul Goldstein.

Mesoamerican Archaeology Laboratory

The Mesoamerican Archaeology Laboratory is a special facility with microscopes for analyzing use-wear patterns on stone tools and an analytical balance equipped for making density measurements used to source obsidian artifacts. Other equipment includes printers, scanners, and computers with special software for high definition digital video editing. For more information please contact Dr. Geoffrey E. Braswell.

Psychological Anthropology Laboratory

Psychological anthropology seeks to understand the psychological dimension of being human as an integral and dynamic part of social and cultural life. For more information, and an overview of our activities and of research and training opportunities, please visit The Psychological Anthropology Lab.

Ugalla Primate Project Laboratory

For more information, please contact Dr. Moore.