Research Centers and Labs
Human Osteology and Zooarchaeology Lab
The Osteology and Zooarchaeology Lab provides a space for Osteology and Zooarchaeology courses. The lab is equipped with a variety of skeletal specimens for study.
Dr. Pat Lambert
Dr. Dave Byers
Spatial Data, Collection, Analysis and Visualization Lab
The Spatial Data, Collection, Analysis and Visualization Lab (SDCAV Lab) is a fully functioning geospatial laboratory, providing spatial analysis, modeling, and visualization services in cultural, social and behavioral studies. Lab members work closely with the archaeological community to develop innovative strategies for documenting the archaeological record. For instance, investigators incorporate magnetometer and ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey with traditional archaeological site mapping to identify areas of potential interest that can be used for cultural resource management purposes.
Human Paleoecology Lab
The Human Paleoecology lab provides office and research space for our graduate students. It also houses our zooarchaeology lab and microscopy equipment. Recent research includes obsidian source analyses, studies documenting trends in bison morphological evolution and reconstructions of prehistoric bison hunting and processing strategies.
Dr. Dave Byers
Dr. Judson Finley
Collaborative Anthropological Research Laboratory (CARL)
Collaborative Anthropological Research Laboratory (CARL) is located within the SDCAV Lab and provides the opportunity for faculty and students to collaborate on research projects with the goals of presenting at national conferences and collectively publishing in journals. In the lab students have the opportunity to receive “real-world” ethnographic training, work on conference presentations and publications for their CVs for graduate school and/or professional careers. Currently, there are two projects underway: Utah State Gender Roles and Mental Health in Virtual Worlds.
Importantly, CARL will also provide peer/mentor support for any independent studies (or similar projects) that are of an anthropological nature.
Dr. Francois Dengah