Laboratory of Human Osteology
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
MSC01 1050
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001
(505) 277-3535

About Us

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.

The laboratory is pleased to be working with the Native American Graves
Protection 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 278 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.


Heather J.H. Edgar, Ph.D
Research Interests: Bioarchaeology, Osteology and Paleopathology, Dental
Anthropology, Biocultural Aspects of Human Variation, African-American and
Hispanic-American Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology.

Student Lab Staff

Name Position Research Interests
Carmen Mosley

Chief Laboratory Assistant
Ph.D. Candidate

Latin American/Hispanic Health, Ethnic Substructure, New Mexico
Tony Koehl Lab Assistant
Ph.D. Candidate
Human Variation, Skeletal Biology, Genetics, and Human Origins
Lexi O'Donnell Research Assistant
Master's Student

Osteology, Dental Anthropology, Juvenile Skeletal Biology, Brazil

Corey Ragsdale Research Assistant
Ph.D Candidate
Osteology, Dental Anthropology, Mexico
Anna Rautman Research Assistant
Ph.D Student
Skeletal Biology, Growth & Development, Developmental Trade-offs
Kate Rusk Research Assistant
Ph.D. Student

Skeletal Biology, Human Variation, Developmental Plasticity

Mike Hauters M.A.