The Anthropology Program is housed on the third floor of Koren, Luther College's first dedicated library, built in 1921. The department facilities include 5 faculty offices, the departmental office, the Anthropology Lab, and the Collections Storage Area in the basement of Preus Library. 

The Luther College anthropology lab is charged with the curation of the Luther College Ethnographic, Archaeological, and Numismatic Collections.

The Anthropology Lab: Resources

  • Computer workstations with ArcView, SPSS, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and other software.
  • Digital cameras, GPS and Total Station equipment
  • NextEngine portable 3D scanner
  • Transcription machines, stereoscopes, GPS and Total Station equipment
  • Teaching collections which include a wide range of prehistoric stone tools, ceramics, faunal material, raw stone collections, and an osteology collection.
  • Former Professor R. Clark Mallam's slide collection containing historic photographs, teaching illustrations, excavation photos and aerial photographs of outlined Effigy Mounds.


The Luther College anthropology lab provides students with training in collections management, research, and exhibit development and offers a number of work study positions for Anthropology majors. For more information, visit our Work Study Page.