Museum of Peoples and Cultures

Mission Statement

 
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures exists to serve the academic mission of BYU and care for the anthropological, archaeological, and ethnographic collections in the custody of the University.
 
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures is BYU’s Teaching Museum, inspiring students to life-long learning and service and mentoring them in collections-focused activities that reinforce BYU ideals of education as spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building. These activities concurrently serve the scholarly community, the LDS community, and/or the general public and aspire to the highest standards of stewardship and public trust.
 
The Museum supports this mission by
 
1. Collecting, preserving, and caring for material objects that document the diversity of human experiences and reflect the multi-faceted fabric of the world’s cultures past and present.
 
2. Providing a professional learning environment for BYU students through a broad range of instruction in both formal and informal settings; through programs that enable student participation; and through example and role-modeling;
 
3. Facilitating teaching and research on peoples and cultures by BYU faculty, staff, students, and by members of the scholarly community in peer institutions;
 
4. Creating new knowledge through scholarly research including field activities, research, and exhibitions; and,
 
5. Educating museum visitors about peoples and cultures as appropriate to the Museum’s holdings and collecting scope.
 
 

MPC CONTACT INFORMATION

 
Telephone: (801) 422-0020
Email: mpc@byu.edu
 
Mailing Address:
Museum of Peoples and Cultures
Brigham Young University
B-67 Room 128
Provo, UT 84602
 
Physical Address:
2201 N. Canyon Road
Provo, UT 84602
 

New World Archaeological Foundation

Mission Statement

 
The New World Archaeological Foundation is an archaeological research and teaching entity administered by the Department of Anthropology at Brigham Young University. The research focus is the study of the origins and subsequent trajectory of civilization (complex societies) in the New World with special emphasis on Mesoamerica. Related to that study is the dissemination of findings through the NWAF Papers and other professional outlets. The NWAF also exists to enrich BYU student experience through mentoring/internship opportunities.
 
Website: http://nwaf.byu.edu/  

NWAF CONTACT INFORMATION

 
NWAF Director
Michael Searcy
862 SWKT
Provo, UT 84602-5522
(801) 422-5374
msearcy@byu.edu
 
Chiapas, Mexico Research Center
Telephone in Chiapas: 967-678-0487
From the US: 52-967-678-0487
 

Office of Public Archaeology (OPA) 

Mission Satement

The Office of Public Archaeology (OPA) was established to provide high quality professional archaeological consulting services to the public and private sectors while also giving practical field training to BYU students majoring in Archaeology. OPA provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities for hands-on experience and paid employment in the field of professional archaeology, and at the same time keeps BYU at the forefront of local and regional archaeological research. Students participate in field survey and excavations; working under deadlines; instrument surveying; photography; regulatory requirements; government and client networking; computer database management and word processing.

OPA Background 

OPA was officially organized in March of 1981. Richard K. Talbot currently serves as Director and Lane D. Richens is the Senior Staff Archaeologist. OPA employs BYU Anthropology graduate students as crew chiefs, and undergraduate students as crew members. External consultants are employed on an “as-needed” basis. OPA has carried out projects throughout Utah, and in parts of Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona.

OPA has a diverse clientele, including Federal, State and local agencies, and private sector groups whose emphases include utilities construction, oil and gas exploration, mining, road construction, water projects, etc. Staff and employees have produced well over 800 technical reports and several professional articles and publications since 1981.

These vary from reports on smaller projects carried out by individuals, to much larger excavations or survey projects involving large crews and extensive field and laboratory work.

Contact Information

Telephone: (801) 422-7778

Cell: (801) 319-0908

Email: richard_talbot@byu.edu

 

Mailing Address:

Office of Public Archaeology

Brigham Young University

 
B-67 Room 128
Provo, UT 84602

 

Physical Address:

2201 N. Canyon Road

Provo, UT 84602