Material Culture

Material Culture is the study of the structure and properties of materials associated with human activity. Plant and animal food remains, human skeletal material, as well as metal, ceramic, stone, bone, and fiber artifacts are the objects of study, along with the environments within which these materials were produced and used. MIT's Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CMRAE) is renowned for their work in this area.

Researchers

William Gilstrap

Technical Instructor; Lab Manager, Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology

Ceramics; Corrosion and Environmental Effects; Manufacturing; Materials Processing; Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials; Material Culture; Materials Chemistry; Structural Materials; Composites

Linn W. Hobbs

Professor Emeritus of Materials Science; Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering

Biotechnology; Ceramics; Material Culture

Heather Nan Lechtman

Professor of Archaeology and Ancient Technology; Director, Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CMRAE)

Material Culture