The Behavioral and Social Sciences Building
The BSS Building was constructed in 2007, and meets the LEED gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. Facilities include state of the art lecture halls, ‘smart’ media classrooms, and custom laboratories. The Anthropology Teaching Lab (BSS 310) is a dedicated space for advanced courses in all of the anthropological subdisciplines, and it has 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. 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 and migration.
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 (BioARC) is dedicated to providing quality training and research opportunities in evolutionary and applied biological anthropology. Current topics include evolutionary processes such as genetic drift and speciation, bioacoustics and communication, primate conservation, comparative anatomy, and evolutionary medicine & nutrition. The BioARC lab also processes forensic anthropology cases to assist local law enforcement agencies.
The field school program involves survey, excavation at several Maya sites, and laboratory experience working directly with excavated Maya artifacts. Field techniques, lectures on Maya culture history and instruction concerning artifact analysis are provided during each session. Learn more about the Belize Archaeology Field Program
The Medieval Bioarchaeology Field Program in Poland is a unique opportunity to excavate and analyze human remains from a medieval cemetery at Bezlawki, in north eastern Poland. This site was the territory of Old Prussians, a pagan peoples who resisted conversion into Christianity for many centuries to be finally conquered by the Teutonic Knight Order. The Bezlawki mortuary dates to around the 13th century AD, which is within about 50-100 years of the conversion to Christianity. Accordingly, burials have the potential of representing an interesting mix of Pagan and Christian rituals. From two previous field seasons, the site has already yielded 60 adult, juvenile and infant skeletons with a variety of pathologies and trauma. Prussian burial sites are rare to find intact, and so a main goal of this project is analyze burial practices and osteological remains to illuminate the unique features of Prussian life and death. Learn more about the Poland Bioarchaeology Program