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 Research Centers and Labs

Human Osteology & Zooarchaeology Lab

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.

Old Main 248

Dr. Pat Lambert

Dr. Dave Byers

Human Paleoecology Lab

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

Dr. Jacob Freeman


Spatial Data, Collection, Analysis, & Visualization Lab

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.

Location 303

Molly Cannon

Collaborative Anthropological Research Laboratory (CARL)


Collaborative Anthropological Research Lab

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.

Old Main 303

   Dr. Francois Dengah