Zooarchaeology Lab

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Dr. Emily Lena Jones
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The UNM Zooarchaeology Laboratory supports the analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites. Our osteological collection contains comparative mammalian and avian specimens of taxa common in New Mexico (both domestic and wild) and the greater southwest, as well as a less-representative selection of specimens from other locations around the globe. Additional resources available in the lab include a reference library, a specimen photography setup, two 3D scanners, visualization analysis software, microscopes, and standard measurement equipment.

Lab projects focus on identification, taphonomy, morphometrics, isotopic analysis, and more; and the collections with which we work are from varied regional and temporal contexts, including Paleolithic Europe, Pleistocene and Holocene southeast Asia, Bronze and Iron Age north-central Asia, pre-Colombian and contact-era Central America and Argentina, as well as the Southwest US/Northwest Mexico (from the Pleistocene through the present day). We collaborate with the Anthropology Department's Paleoecology Lab, the Maxwell Museum, the Center for Stable Isotopes, and the Museum of Southwestern Biology

The Zooarchaeology Laboratory is open on a limited basis to visiting researchers.

For more information about the Zooarchaeology Laboratory (including access information!) contact  Dr. Jones.

Zooarchaeology Laboratory projects and press:

The Colombian Exchange and Environmental Rebound


Tijeras Pueblo

Dogs in the Southwest

Pueblo Fishing