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SHESC Collections

 

Archaeological Collections
SHESC maintains archaeological collections estimated to number more than 250,000 specimens systematically collected from sites in Arizona and the greater Southwest, as well as significant research collections from other areas of North America, Mesoamerica, and the Near East. The Archaeological Research Institute maintains additional collections of over 70,000 archaeological specimens from excavations conducted for the Bureau of Reclamation. In addition to scholarly publications and technical reports, more than 100 theses and dissertations have been based wholly or in part on the archaeology collections to date.

An index to the archival records of over 4,000 Arizona archaeological sites can be found at AZSite, maintained by a consortium made up of Arizona State University, Arizona State Museum, Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office.

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Ethnographic Collections
The School houses substantial ethnological collections, with Southeast Asia (in particular highland Laos), the American Southwest, and Latin America (upper Amazon basin and highland Chile) especially represented.

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Faunal and Osteological Collections
Physical anthropological collections include skeletal and worldwide dental cast collections, the Albert A. Dahlberg collection of Pima Indian dental casts, and access to a collection of chimpanzee skeletons through the Primate Foundation of Arizona.

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