Stanley J. Olsen and the Zooarchaeology Endowment Fund

May 12, 2016


Stanley J. Olsen

Stanley J. Olsen (1919-2003) was Curator of Zooarchaeology at Arizona State Museum and professor of Anthropology (later Emeritus) at the University of Arizona from 1973–1997.

Internationally recognized as one of the founding figures of the field of zooarchaeology, Olsen was also a prolific author, publishing over 200 articles, books, and monographs during his career.

His zooarchaeological manuals, still in publication by the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, are among his most widely known contributions. The first of their kind, these works continue to be the primary manuals used by practicing zooarchaeologists, more than forty years after their first publication.

Olsen built a collection of modern comparative skeletal material that is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. Olsen donated the collection ASM when he retired. The zooarchaeology laboratory was named in honor of Professor Olsen in 2004.

The Stanley J. Olsen Zooarchaeology Endowment Fund

The Stanley J. Olsen Zooarchaeology Endowment Fund, in honor of Stan Olsen’s contribution to the field of zooarchaeology, provides scholarship support for zooarchaeology students, as well as support for the curation of, and access to, the Stanley J. Olsen Laboratory of Zooarchaeology.

You are invited to help support this endowment by sending a fully tax deductible gift payable to “The University of Arizona Foundation” with “S.J. Olsen Zooarchaeology Endowment Fund” indicated on the memo line to the address below.

John McClelland
Assistant Professor of Anthropology 
Lab Manager, Osteology and NAGPRA Coordinator,
Arizona State Museum
P.O. Box 210026 
University of Arizona 
Tucson, AZ 85721-0026