School of Anthropology Laboratories

Anthropology Laboratories

Romano Arch Mapping for Labs

Archaeological Mapping Laboratory
Haury Anthropology Building, Room 408A

The objectives of the lab include the detailed study of ancient cities and sanctuaries using modern methodologies and techniques including digital cartography, GIS, spatial analysis and remote sensing. The lab is project based and there are a number of archaeological projects underway working from the lab. Although many are based in the Mediterranean, the methodologies are applicable to sites around the world.

Director and Lead Researcher: David Gilman Romano, Ph.D., Nicholas and Athena Karabots Professor of Greek Archaeology


Geoarchaeology Lab

Argonaut Archaeological Research Fund Geoarchaeology Lab
Gould-Simpson Building, Room 132

The Argonaut Archaeological Research Fund (AARF) is a privately endowed research program focused on understanding the earliest peopling of the Greater Southwest. This field-based endeavor deals primary with Paleoindian archaeology and geoarchaeology in New Mexico, Arizona, far western Texas, southern California, and in Mexico, northern Sonora and Chihuahua. AARF deals with all aspects of Paleoindian archaeology in the region, but is particularly focused on the earliest classical Paleoindian occupations (Clovis and Folsom) and evidence for any earlier human presence in the region. Most of the AARF lab work is focused on soil and sediment analysis for dating and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. This work is carried out in the AARF Geoarchaeology Lab, Department of Geosciences, Gould-Simpson 132.

Lead Researcher: Vance Holliday, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology


Canine for Labs

Arizona Canine Cognition Center
Haury Anthropology Building, Room 313

The Arizona Canine Cognition Center (ACCC) conducts research on the minds and behavior of dogs, as well as dog-human interaction. Our cognitive studies embrace a comparative perspective for understanding what makes human cognition unique, and complement the MacLean Lab's broader research program on animal cognition and cognitive evolution. Studies at the ACCC are open to local dog owners who bring their canine companions to campus to participate in tests, which are designed as fun problem-solving games for dogs.

Lead Researcher: Evan MacLean, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology


Triadan Complex Soc for Labs

Complex Societies Laboratory
Haury Anthropology Building, Room 408A

The Complex Societies Laboratory houses some of the Mesoamerican ceramic type collections, and provides research and workspace for faculty and graduate students working with complex societies, with an emphasis  on Mesoamerica.

Lead Researchers: Daniela Triadan, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology; and Takeshi Inomata, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology


Ling Lab

Diebold Linguistic Anthropology Teaching Laboratory
Haury Anthropology Building, Room 317

Our Linguistic Anthropology Laboratory is a dynamic research space providing faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates with state-of-the-art multimedia recording equipment, private experimental facilities, data storage, analytical software, and digitization capability. It serves as a venue for teaching, linguistic anthropology lab meetings, video recordings, and language-related research.

Lead Researchers: Jennifer Roth-Gordon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology; and Qing Zhang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology



Laboratory for the Evolutionary Endocrinology of Primates
Haury Anthropology Building, Room 415A

LEEP is an endocrinology lab that specializes in developing assays and measuring hormones in human and non-human primates. We use samples collected noninvasively in the natural habitat, to answer questions related to understanding human behavior and physiology. We also provide services for the broader research community at the University of Arizona and beyond.

Lead Researcher: Stacey Tecot, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology


LTT Photo for Labs

Laboratory for Traditional Technology, School of Anthropology
Haury Anthropology Building, Room 125

The Laboratory for Traditional Technology focuses on the study  of traditional technologies (both in antiquity and in recent times) primarily through experimental archaeology. Major areas of research are ceramics and metallurgy. The lab has a fully-functioning ceramic studio as well as equipment for processing metallurgical samples. It houses graduate students as long-term interns and short-term visitors. Currently the lab offers ceramic instruction through the LTT Resident Ceramics Instructor and hosts a number of lectures throughout the academic year.

Lead Researchers: Eleni Hasaki, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology; David Killick, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology; and Daniela Triadan, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology


Lab of App Arch

Laboratory of Applied Archaeology
Haury Anthropology Building, Room 316

The LOAA is currently the seat of several ongoing research projects. The Kutoyis Archaeological project is a multi-year scientific collaboration with the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana and involves more than 150 boxes of artifacts on loan from the Tribe. The St. Mary River Bridge Archaeological Project, a three-year scientific collaboration with Glacier National Park, the Blackfeet Tribe, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, involves a collection on loan from the National Park Service. Yet another collaboration with the Blackfeet Tribe is the Highway 89 Expansion Project, which also involves the Montana Department of Transportation. MDOT is funding three independent archaeological and ethnographic projects with the LOAA. Finally, there is the Blackfoot Traditional Land Use Study, funded by the Blood (Kainai) Tribe of Alberta, Canada.

Lead Researcher: Maria Nieves Zedeño, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology



Microscopy Laboratory

This laboratory in the School of Anthropology contains microscopes equipped for metallography, petrography and epifluorescence. They are used to reconstruct historic and prehistoric metallurgical technologies, to do provenance studies of pottery, and for micromorphological studies of sediments and soils from archaeological sites. The laboratory also contain equipment for sectioning and mounting  materials for microscopy,   a computer for digital microscopy and image analysis, cabinet for storage of teaching and research collections, and a side room for small object macrophotography and map storage

Lead Researcher: David Killick, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology


SW Arch Lab

Southwest Archaeology Lab
School of Anthropology Haury Anthropology Building, Room 402

The Southwest Archaeology Laboratory conducts field and laboratory projects in the greater Southwest under the direction of Dr. T. J. Ferguson, Dr. Barbara J. Mills, and Dr. Lindsay Montgomery. The lab contains microscopes, scales, a kiln, and other equipment for ceramic and other artifact analyses, and comparative collections including ceramics, lithics, and ethnobotanical materials. Computers are equipped with ArcGIS, social network analysis, and statistical software. Current projects include the Southwest Social Networks Project (NSF-funded, Mills PI), the Linking Hispanic Heritage through Archaeology Project (NPS-funded, Mills PI), Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Trails Survey (NPS-funded, Ferguson PI), Apache Oral History at Fort Bowie and Chiricahua (NPS-funded, Ferguson PI), and Nomadic Archaeologies in the Northern Rio Grande (Montgomery PI).

Lead Researchers: T. J. Ferguson, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology; Barbara Mills, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology; Lindsay Montgomery, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology


ZooArch & Lithics Lab

Zooarchaeology and Lithics Laboratory
Haury Anthropology Building, Room 409

Work in this laboratory focuses on questions about technology and economics, including processes of animal domestication, from the Paleolithic through recent period in the Old and New Worlds. In addition to providing a space for research on stone tool technology, zooarchaeology and early food production, this laboratory is used to train both beginning and advanced students in these topics. A range of faunal and lithic artifact reference collections are housed here.

Lead Researchers: Steven Kuhn, Ph.D., Riecker Professor of Anthropology; and Mary Stiner, Ph.D., Regents' Professor of Anthropology


Arizona State Museum Laboratories

Arizona State Museum Bioarchaeology Laboratory

Arizona State Museum Bioarchaeology Laboratory
Arizona State Museum

The ASM Bioarchaeology Lab documents the biocultural variation of past peoples of the American Southwest through the documentation, preservation, and repatriation of human skeletal remains from archaeological contexts.

Lead ResearcherJames T. Watson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology


Zoo Arch Bones

Arizona State Museum Stanley J. Olsen Laboratory of Zooarchaeology
Arizona State Museum

The Stanley J. Olsen Laboratory of Zooarchaeology at the Arizona State Museum is one of the top laboratories for zooarchaeological research in North America.  The Olsen Lab is used by students, visiting scholars, and volunteers, as well as for public outreach activities. For more information, contact Martin H. Welker, Ph.D., RPA, at


Arizona State Museum Homol’ovi Research Program

Arizona State Museum Homol’ovi Research Program
Arizona State Museum

Since 1984, the Arizona State Museum’s Homol’ovi Research Program has explored 13th–14th century ancestral Hopi communities and documented the cultural landscape dating back to Clovis, 13,000 years ago, in northeastern Arizona.  An enormous artifact assemblage offers students diverse opportunities to gain experience in laboratory analysis or find their own research topics. For more information, contact E. Charles Adams at or Richard C. Lange at, 520-621-6275.

Lead Researcher: E. Charles Adams, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology