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Center for Bioarchaeological Research (CBR)


Grand Opening of the Center for Bioarchaeological Research at the School of Human Evolution & Social Change on December 1st, 2006

Dedicated to discovering and communicating new knowledge about past peoples, the Center for Bioarchaeological Research (CBR) is a unit situated within Arizona State University’s new School of Human Evolution & Social Change (SHESC). It includes students and core faculty drawn from the SHESC, along with affiliated faculty from across ASU and elsewhere. Facilities for bioarchaeological study available at ASU include those appropriate for gross skeletal and dental observations, histological study, and biochemical and biomolecular research. Current research interests of core faculty include health and disease, heritage, ethnicity and identity, ritual and ideology, paleodiet, forensic anthropology, and residential mobility. Scholars affiliated with the CBR presently work throughout the Americas and in the circum-Mediterranean region.

CBR outreach initiatives involve increasing public awareness of past peoples and applying this information to contemporary problems with deep roots. Outreach efforts include developing collaborative research and education initiatives with descendant groups, both directly through the CBR and in partnership with other institutions, such as the Center for American Archeology (CAA), located in west-central Illinois. Residential programming in heritage studies is one example of an outreach initiative being developed through the CBR/CAA partnership. Another CBR initiative in host-pathogen co-evolution holds promise for exploring risk factors for infectious disease among contemporary human and non-human primate groups.

The CBR is currently exploring scholarly and educational partnerships with Arizona institutions of higher learning and with universities in Mexico and Chile. Both collaborative research initiatives and student exchange programs are planned. In Arizona, plans include co-teaching, collections research, museum programming, and developing general standards for recording burial sites.

Contact: Jane E. Buikstra