NAU students pursuing Anthropology majors have access to labs
Students studying anthropology and subfields of anthropology at Northern Arizona University are able to take their learning outside the classroom by participating in projects at any of the anthropology labs on campus in Flagstaff.
Location: SBS West (building 70), room 108
The lab provides you with:
- video/DVD editing and production
- Mac computers and Final Cut Pro video editing software
- Adobe Creative Suite
Faunal Analysis Laboratory
The Faunal Analysis Lab provides a facility for:
- a comparative collection of modern mammal bones from the American southwest
- a teaching and training facility for graduate and undergraduate students
- research in the fauna lab for student projects, both in Anthropology and Quaternary Studies
- a secure place for storage and study of faunal materials on loan from museums around the country
- the Navajo Nation Archaeology Department
Lithic Analysis Laboratory
The Lithic Analysis Lab, directed by Dr. Francis E. Smiley, holds lithic comparative collections from northern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and New Mexico. The lab provides facilities for the analysis of prehistoric stone tools and the waste materials from tool manufacture.
The lab has two Wild Leica binocular microscopes for analysis of lithic materials and provides a teaching and training facility for graduate and undergraduate students.
Ceramic Analysis Laboratory
The Ceramic Analysis Lab, directed by Dr. Kelley Hays-Gilpin, provides a facility for:
- taking on contracts to analyze pottery from salvage and research projects anywhere on the Colorado Plateau
- teaching and training for graduate and undergraduate students
- students taking ANT 552 (Ceramic Analysis)
- housing comparative collections of pottery and samples of clay and other materials from Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah
Anthropology Paleodiet Stable Isotope Laboratory
Location: Building 49
The Paleodiet Laboratory is run by Dr. Corina Kellner and provides a facility for:
- processing archaeological soils, water, plants, fauna, and human bones and teeth for stable isotope analysis
- determining the diet, health, and migration patterns of prehistoric people
Location: Bilby Research Center
Website: NAU Anthropology Labs
The Anthropology Laboratories are a research, educational, and service organization of the Department of Anthropology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Northern Arizona University. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the peoples, places, and cultures of the Colorado Plateau and to provide expertise and technical assistance in the field of cultural resource management.