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



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 of Human Osteology participates in forensic work through our close working relationship with the State of New Mexico’s Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI). Currently we house a documented osteological collection of over 278 modern individuals of various backgrounds. The laboratory works with the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) in the relocation of the prehistoric remains to their rightful descendants.