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Of Man and Machine

Anthropology Research Museum

Director: Sarunas Milisauskas, professor of anthropology

Established: 1979

Location: Millard Fillmore Academic Core, Ellicott Complex, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-2414

Dr. Sarunas Milisauskas In brief: Although the museum was formally opened to the public in 1979, the idea for its formation dates to the 1960s, when the late Marian E. White, a well-known archaeologist and UB anthropology professor, established the groundwork for a departmental museum. University excavations, private donations and state-supported contract archaeology have all contributed to the museumÕs holdings.

Highlights: More than 95 percent of the collection is from Western New York. One of the most visible displays is the 45-foot totem pole, carved commercially around 1904 by the Haida, Native Americans from the northwest coast of North America.

Hours: By appointment


water carrier Sun totem

Snake spoon
Stone and Clay Artifacts

Clay vessel

photography by Paul Francis

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