Osteoarchaeology Lab

The Osteoarchaeology Laboratory is in Room 112 of the Anthropology Building at Emory University. It features a “wet” side and a “dry” side┬áto accommodate the generation of new comparative specimens as well as active research on fossil collections. In addition to its primary purpose as a zooarchaeological research facility, this collection has also absorbed some of the human osteological teaching collections that have been curated for many years at Emory Anthropology.

The comparative osteological collection currently features a limited range of mammalian, avian, and reptilian taxa, but it is constantly growing. The comparative taphonomic collection contains a large assemblage of small mammals fed (in a deceased state) under controlled conditions to raptors and Komodo dragons at Zoo Atlanta. Large mammal bones have also been cut-marked and percussion-marked as archaeological references.

The Osteoarchaeology Laboratory is also the temporary home for fossil collections on loan from Malawi and Indonesia. Active projects include analysis of subfossil mammals and snails from five cave sites in northern Malawi (Fingira Rock, Hora 1, Mazinga 1, and Kadawonda 1 and 2), analysis of small mammal assemblages from Liang Bua cave on the island of Flores, Indonesia. Grace Veatch (Ph.D. student) and eight undergraduates are regularly present and working on these collections.

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