NCPAL Facility Use Policy Overview
New College Public Archaeology Laboratory (NCPAL), established in 2010, is located in the central part of the Bay Front campus near the Ball Anthropology Lab and the Four Winds Café. NCPAL is a student-centered facility, meant for New College undergraduates to engage in anthropological analysis and research into and preservation of Sarasota-Manatee regional heritage. Priority in using lab space is given to students working on projects directly related to the NCPAL mission statement under the supervisor of the Director.
The New College Public Archaeology Laboratory (NCPAL) of New College of Florida is committed to facilitating education, outreach, and the study of archaeology within a broader anthropological and interdisciplinary context. As both a physical space and intellectual project curated by New College students and faculty, NCPAL is dedicated to the ethical advancement of knowledge about past human cultures and societies in order to engage with social issues of the present. Utilizing the rich resources of the region's diverse communities, NCPAL produces and disseminates valuable knowledge of our shared cultural heritage.
Collections will not be acquired unless they meet the temporal, geographic and research design criteria necessary to satisfy research and educational needs within NCPAL’s ongoing programs. All collections, at the discretion of the Director, are available for undergraduate research.
All artifacts are required to be cleaned, sorted by provenience, and properly labeled before being processed at the repository. Artifacts and collections which are not in proper condition are either refused for curation at that time or properly processed at the repository for a fee. Artifacts are required to be in zip-lock bags with a white label field and marked with permanent marker indicating their proveniences. All artifact collections must be accompanied by an artifact inventory list.
Artifact collections are re-inventoried at the repository and re-boxed into NCPAL standard sized boxes with telescoping lids and labeled in ink or typed with permanent adhesive labels. Label information includes box number, project and company name, site number if applicable, provenience and contents. Each box also contains a copy of the repository box inventory sheet. Artifact boxes are stored on enameled metal shelves 37 inches long, 24 inches wide, and 82 inches high and are organized by row, rack, and shelf number. Boxes are stacked no more than two boxes high. Original repository inventory sheets are on New College bond letterhead and are filed in the Director’s office. A catalog system provides an identification and inventory of materials. It is current through ongoing field research, and should be kept up to date by the lab technician.
Collections may be left on lab tables for analysis with the permission of the lab technician but only for specified lengths of time. Good laboratory practices include storing all items and tools not in active use. Any student or other researcher who violates those good practices will lose permission to use the lab.
The purpose of the archaeological and ethnological collections is to support NCPAL mission statement: the education of New College students, the research needs of its faculty and staff, and the functioning of its heritage preservation program.
NCPAL Repository Policy
Uses of the Collection
Artifacts and records removed for teaching purposes need to signed-out and returned in a timely manner.
NCPAL will host exhibits that relate to the mission statement and are approved by the Director. Proposals for using NCPAL materials for exhibits are considered in terms of the overall theme of the exhibit, the security of the exhibition place, potential detrimental effects upon artifacts or specimens (depending upon the exhibit plan), and the potential that the exhibit or some part of it may be objectionable to others. The decision belongs to the Director.
In the interim, any questions regarding the Director’s decisions can be appealed. The NCPAL is run out of the Provost Office; the Provost is responsible for locating the appropriate venue for appeals of the Director’s decisions.