Archaeological site survey in Twenty-Five Mile Canyon, southern Utah.

Lab Activities

Southwestern Archaeology

Capabilities & Services




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. We offer a variety of services including cultural resource consulting, archaeological surveys and excavations, ethnographic studies, educational workshops and field trips, and cultural resource training. The Anthropology Laboratories conduct multiple field and lab projects each year, most of which are done on a contract basis.

Our facilities are located on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Adminstrative offices are housed in the Department of Anthropology and laboratories are located in the Bilby Research Center and the Anthropology Laboratories building on the central campus. Personnel consist primarily of Anthropology faculty, staff,
and students with additional expertise provided by research professionals and consultants on a project-specific basis.
We maintain strong ties with other academic departments at Northern Arizona University and have cooperative agreements with multiple Federal agencies, Indian tribes, and the Museum of Northern Arizona.

The Northern Arizona Anthropology Laboratories are a leader in ruins preservation training and ruins mapping and documentation. Educational activities are focused on post-graduate training in cultural resource management. Our projects support Master's level research theses and internships and inform classroom teaching of the theory, methods, and techniques of ethical cultural research and resource management.

We welcome inquiries about our services and projects and
we are actively recruiting new students into Northern Arizona University's M.A. program in Anthropology. Please feel free to contact us.

Northern Arizona University is a non-profit, state-supported educational institution controlled by the Arizona Board of Regents.

Ruins mapping and documentation in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Cultural resource monitoring, Colorado River Corridor, Arizona.

Archaeological survey workshop, Nankoweap Valley, Grand Canyon National Park.


Dept. of Anthropology, P.O. Box 15200,
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-5200, USA.