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Anthropology Labs

Spatial Analysis Research Lab

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) applications have become central analytical tools in anthropology. Whether analyzing archaeological settlement patterning at a regional scale, artifact scatters at the micro-scale, or the effects of space and distance in modern cultural interactions, GIS/RS provides a unique toolkit for representing and analyzing spatial and attribute data. Several Vanderbilt Anthropology faculty integrate GIS/RS as central components in their research. The department has recently established a leading-edge GIS/RS facility: the Spatial Analysis Research Laboratory (SARL).

ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emmission and Reflection Radiometer) satellite image of the central Colca Valley, Peru.

Dr. William Fowler in the field at Ciudad Vieja, El Salvador, during the 2005 field season.


Osteology Labs

Osteological lab facilities include the Osteology Research Lab, which houses the Arnold and Garnier skeletal collections from Tennessee, and the Osteology Teaching Lab, which houses medical human skeletons, monkey and ape skeletons, and other animal skeletons.  Lab equipment includes sliding and spreading calipers, osteometric board, mandibulometer, light table for viewing radiographs, photo stand, dental casts, the Suchey-Brooks pubic symphysis casts, and a variety of skeletal casts exhibiting pathological lesions, fractures, and cultural modifications (e.g., cranial modification and trepanation).

Anthropology majors Rachel Kochert and Gift Kompsombut studying in the Osteology Teaching Lab

Anthropology majors Luciana Mendiola and Emily Sharp analyze
archaeological specimens in the Osteology Research Lab.



Biological Anthropology Lab

The Biological Anthropology Lab facility is located in Light Hall 518 in the Vanderbilt Medical Center, and it is part of the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute. It is directed by Dr. Tiffiny Tung (Associate Professor of Anthropology).


 Empty Genetic Lab


Human Genetics Graduate student Brittany Hollister running the pyrosequencer in the genetic anthropology lab.