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Analysis of archaeological and source standard obsidian, other volcanic and sedimentary rocks, and ceramics, particularly focused on non-destructive analyses.

XRF Laboratory Website:  http://www.swxrflab.net

Research concerning the development and evolution of the human brain, and vertebrate brain evolution in general. The lab includes a large collection of diverse mammal brains used for histological analysis. Researchers in the lab are also engaged in fMRI and computer simulation research. 

Analysis of archaeological materials from sites in California, primarily from the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Study of archaeological materials on loan from Honduras and El Salvador.

Research on pottery, stone tools, faunal and floral remains from the Sannai Maruyama site and other Jomon period cites (circa 5900-4300 b.p.) in northern Japan

Archives of archaeological projects in Yugoslavia (Selevac, Opovo, Gomolava) and Bulgaria (Podgoritsa) and current data from Çatalhöyük, Turkey.

Map and computer-based analyses for the on-going project, "Between the Caves: Regional Open Air Survey in the French Midi-Pyrénées, France".

The Geo-SWAP Lab serves three main functions: a) artifacts analysis (especially lithics) from archaeological excavations conducted by Maher and her students, predominantly in Southwest Asia, b) geoarchaeological & micromorphological analysis of soils and sediments from archaeological sit

Analysis of materials manufactured within the last 400 years and curation of a comparative zooarchaeological collection

All ranges of archaeological plant material, including wood, seeds, storage tissue, and microbotanical evidence is analyzed in the Archaeobotany Laboratory.

Teaching laboratory supporting learning through intensive coaching of teams producing digital multimedia/hypermedia products.

Analysis of prehistoric Oceanic ceramics, lithics, identification of charcoal and other macrobotanical remains, geoarchaeological analysis of sediments from habitation and agricultural sites, and development of GIS databases

Research on health, disease, development, maintenance, and aging of the human and non-human primate skeleton from an evolutionary and biocultural perspective.

The Bear Bones Lab