Lab Activities

Southwestern Archaeology

Capabilities & Services



The Anthropology Laboratories have access to a variety of the most recent field and analytical equipment, including 3-D laser mapping and imaging (lidar) and a scanning electron microscope. Through cooperation with other departments, various forms of compositional analysis can also be provided for lithic, ceramic, and organic specimens. Such resources allow the Anthropology Laboratories to offer a full range of artifact processing services including washing, labeling, and basic artifact sorting, analysis of ceramic, lithic, and faunal artifacts, statistical analysis, and report writing.

The personnel of the Anthropology Laboratories work closely with other departments, units, and individuals on campus, particularly Geology, Biology, History, Environmental Sciences, Geography, and Computer Services. The Laboratories also contracts with a number of private organizations to perform specialized analyses of artifacts and other archaeological materials.


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