Osteology Collections

Heather J.H. Edgar
Curator of Human Osteology
(505) 277-3535

Research Divisions
Biological Anthropology Research


The Maxwell Museum’s Laboratory of Human Osteology specializes in numerous facets of physical
anthropology. The laboratory serves as a repository of human remains, which includes prehistoric, documented, and forensic remains.

Laboratory of Human Osteology

For information on Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Osteology Collections write to:

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
MSC01 1050
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

The laboratory is pleased to be working with the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act
(NAGPRA) in the relocation of the prehistoric remains to their rightful descendants. The prehistoric remains are presently undergoing inventories to ensure that as little information as possible will be lost with the repatriation of remains.

Currently we house a documented osteological collection of over 230 modern individuals of various backgrounds. The Laboratory of Human Osteology also participates in forensic work through our close working relationship with the State of New Mexico’s Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI).