ASM Bioarchaeology Section

ASM’s Bioarchaeology Laboratory facilitates one of the most active repatriation programs in the country while providing teaching and research resources to the University of Arizona.

ASM bioarchaeologists not only train students but provide professional services to public and private institutions in the State of Arizona to facilitate compliance with the requirements of state and federal laws regarding the recovery, documentation, treatment, and repatriation of human remains.

ASM’s Bioarchaeology Laboratory also manages the preservation of an archaeological collection of human skeletal remains that has accumulated over the years as the result of ASM's legislative responsibilities and archaeological projects from within Arizona. Under certain conditions these collections can be made available for legitimate scientific research.

Guidelines and Resources for Research

Guidelines for proposals for scientific study and access to the Arizona State Museum Human Skeletal Collection are contained in the "Access to the Human Skeletal Collection" document. Please feel free to contact us with any specific questions, comments or proposal ideas.

Research on the ASM Human Skeletal Collection is largely conducted in the Human Osteology Laboratory, located at the museum. The lab is equipped with abundant table space, an anatomical comparative collection, standard osteological measurement equipment (various calipers and osteometric boards), a digitizer, computer and internet access, and natural or artificial lighting.

Special arrangements can also be made to accommodate specific equipment. Visitors are welcome to use the ASM Library’s photocopy machine. There is a charge of $.10 per page for copies. Museum staff will not process photocopy requests. 

Contact Information

Arizona State Museum
The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210026
Tucson, AZ 85721-0026

James Watson, Ph.D.
Associate Curator of Bioarchaeology
Phone: 520-621-4794
Fax: 520-621-2976

John McClelland, Ph.D.
Lab Manager, Osteology 
Office: 520-626-2950 
Fax: 520-621-2976