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Department of Anthropology Lab Opportunities

Laboratory Internships in Archaeological Science

Facilities, Equipment, and Services 

The biological anthropology laboratories are housed in Graveley Hall. The lab complex consists of three research labs for bioarchaeology, dental anthropology and hard tissue histology, forensic anthropology, and maceration and processing.

The research in these labs is also performed with additional resources available at Center for Archaeology, Materials, and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS), the Radiographic Science program, the Global Information System (GIS) labs, the willed-body donation program, and Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH), all on the ISU-Pocatello campus.

Additionally, the bioanthropology teaching lab is also located in the same location and is the site of many bioanthropology courses.

Each lab maintains resources that are available to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and collaborative scholars.

Bioanthropology Teaching Lab 

Graveley Hall, B12
This lab space is home to many biological anthropology courses including Biological Anthropology Laboratory sections, Osteology, Bioarchaeology, and Forensic Anthropology courses. The space features eight laboratory tables for four students each, a sink with running tap, a large white board, and foot and overhead cabinets holding a diverse skeletal and cast collection.

This facility includes:
• Several complete real (medical) human skeletons and isolated human skeletal elements
• Models of human skeletal elements (including didactic hands and feet, exploded skull, disarticulated cast of a human infant)
• Comparative casts for aging skeletons such as Suchey-Brooks and Todd pubic symphysis casts, ASUDAS dental casts, and casts of pathological and traumatic injuries)
• Growing comparative animal skeleton collection

Research Partners

Anthropological research is conducted through the Department of Anthropology, the Donald E. Crabtree Laboratory for Archaeological Science, and the Center for Archaeology, Materials and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS). The department has close ties with the Idaho Museum of Natural History on  campus. We have prominent interdisciplinary connections with the departments of BiologyCivil and Environmental EngineeringGeosciencesHistory, and the .

Several laboratory facilities are maintained by the Department of Anthropology. These include the Donald E. Crabtree Laboratory for Archaeological Science, the joint Anthropology and Biological Sciences , and Bioanthropology Research Laboratory; as well as dedicated bioanthropology and archaeology classrooms with student research space, and wet chemistry capability.

Research opportunities in all areas of interest to our faculty are regularly provided to anthropology undergraduate and graduate students. We award two teaching assistantships, one in anthropology and one in American Indian Studies each year.

Research Assistantships have been regularly provided to graduate students for some faculty research activities. Check with us on the projected availability. Lectureships are available to advanced graduate students, and opportunities to assist professors in teaching while receiving university credits are available to a wide variety of undergrads and grads. Students interested in biomedical and medical anthropology are eligible to apply for Kasiska scholarships that are awarded regularly to anthropology students.

Anthropologists from ISU are involved in primary research and applications of anthropological method and theory in a wide variety of geographic settings that range from the Aleutian Islands to South America and the Intermountain West to Easter Island, as well as long-standing research programs in the Great Basin. Our diverse academic and applied research programs address issues such as fisheries management, peopling of the New World, language survival, the effects of catastrophic environmental change on society, forensic anthropology, and Hispanic healthcare. During most years we offer multiple opportunities for field schools and anthropological laboratory research.