All ranges of archaeological plant material, including wood, seeds, storage tissue, and microbotanical evidence is analyzed in the Archaeobotany Laboratory. The laboratory also is the repository of identified plant collections, mainly from western South America and California, with some from Mesoamerica and the Near East, with special emphasis on Zea mays and Chenopodium.
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.
Our lab specializes in the analysis of faunal remains, and uses innovative approaches to identify taphonomic signatures on bone, allowing for the identification of a variety of activities associated with human-animal interactions and cuisine. We are also an experimental archaeology lab with diverse interests in the use of technology such as geophysics and modeling to not only better understand the past, but also better serve the research mandates of our community partners. As a result, the Bear Bones Lab has hosted data and collections from archaeological sites of diverse spatial and temporal origin, with research foci that engage an ever expanding network of cross-campus and community partners.
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.
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 sites in Southwest Asia, Asia and North America, and c) a space for conducting experimental archaeology (stone tool production) and the training of graduate and undergraduate students in lithic technology through an extensive archaeological and experimental teaching collection housed in this lab.