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- train university students through classroom instruction, laboratory training, and field work.
- provide professional services to public and private institutions across the state in order to facilitate compliance with state and federal laws regarding the recovery, documentation, treatment, and repatriation of human remains.
- manage the preservation of an archaeological collection of human skeletal remains. Under certain and specific circumstances these collections can be made available for legitimate scientific research.
Proposal guidelines for scientific study and access to ASM's human skeletal collection are contained in this document: Access to the Human Skeletal Collection.
Research is largely conducted in the Human Osteology Laboratory, located on the third floor of ASM North. The lab is equipped with abundant table space, an anatomical comparative collection, standard osteological measurement equipment (various calipers and osteometric boards), a digitizer, computer and internet access, and natural or artificial lighting.
Special arrangements can be made to accommodate specific equipment. Researchers are welcome to use the ASM library’s photocopy machine. There is a charge of $.10 per page for copies. Museum staff do not process photocopy requests.
Useful Resources for Researchers
Distinguishing Human From Non-Human Animal Bone (Note: this document contains photographs of human and animal remains that some might find disturbing)
ASM Burial Record Form
ASM Osteology Recording Packet