Welcome to the Faunal Analysis Laboratory
The Faunal Analysis Laboratory primarily focuses on the
analysis and interpretation of zooarchaeological materials from archaeological
sites and taphonomic assemblages or actualistic experiments. The Lab has a
robust comparative collection of North American mammals and taphonomic
signatures, such as carnivore modification, rodent gnawing, and butchery.
Undergraduate students volunteer in the Lab, while graduate
students execute thesis research. Dr. Burke also conducts zooarchaeological
research in the Lab including the analysis of animal remains from sites in the
Belize Valley, the pathology and characteristics of prehistoric domesticated
dog burials in the American Southwest, the taphonomic processes of carnivore
modification in large mammal kills, and the importance of carnivore
conservation in the Western United States.
The Lab also stores human skeletal cast replicas
and early human and primate cast replicas.
Dr. Burke is a registered professional archaeologist; her current research seeks to understand the relationship between humans and other animals in the past.
opportunities to help with research or maintaining lab collections typically
become available at the beginning of the semester. For more
information email Dr. Burke.
Research takes place both at NAU in the Bilby Research Center (Room 163) and at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Student participation is normally
offered on a year-round basis.
Faunal Analysis Laboratory works closely with the Museum of Northern Arizona
collections department for access to faunal assemblages for research.
The Faunal Analysis Laboratory also works in conjunction with the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project.