Labs & Facilities
Educational and research opportunities in anthropology are enhanced by the excellent facilities available at Humboldt, from the laboratories and classrooms in the newly constructed Behavioral and Social Sciences Building, to our simulated archaeological site. Students and collaborating scientists use these facilities for classes, hands-on training, and to conduct a wide range of innovative research. Our students have presented their findings at professional archaeological conferences, co-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals, completed honors theses, and won distinguished awards and scholarships.
Anthropology Teaching Laboratory
The Anthropology Teaching Laboratory (BSS 310) is a dedicated space in the new Behavioral and Social Sciences building that provides an intimate setting for our advanced courses in all of the anthropological subdisciplines. The room is a technologically equipped "smart classroom", and features stunning ocean views.
In the archaeology research laboratory, students receive a wide range of training in materials, geospatial, and zooarchaeological analysis. Student can immerse themselves in on-going archaeological projects in southern California, the Northern Channel Islands, the Caribbean, and Humboldt County. Current topics include historical ecology and human impacts on marine and terrestrial ecosystems, zooarchaeological analysis of shell midden deposits, marine resource utilization, and historic archaeology in northern and southern California.
The Behavioral and Social Sciences Building
The Behavioral and Social Sciences Building was constructed in 2007, and meets the LEED gold rating—the second highest of four ratings bestowed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Facilities include state of the art lecture halls, 'smart' media classrooms, and custom laboratories.
The cultural resources facility (CRF) provides anthropology students with opportunities for research and learning in cultural resources management and heritage preservation. Students work with professional archaeologists, architectural historians, and other specialists, while receiving training project inventory, site mapping, excavation, historical research, identification and management of cultural resources, and navigating federal, state, and local historic preservation laws and regulations. Read more about HSU's Cultural Resources Facility at Humboldt State NOW »
The Biological Anthropology Research Center is dedicated to providing quality training and research opportunities in biological anthropology for HSU students. At the lab, student research assistants learn methods and engage in research in evolutionary and applied anthropology by working both independently (as project leads and in groups) and with faculty and other researchers. Research in the lab is constantly evolving depending on the interests of researchers and students. Current topics include evolutionary processes such as genetic drift and speciation, bioacoustics and communication, primate conservation, comparative anatomy, taphonomy, and evolutionary medicine & nutrition. Staff at the Center also process forensic anthropology cases to assist local law enforcement agencies.