Contact

Corey Maggiano, Ph.D.
Lab Director
cmaggian@westga.edu
Office: 678-839-6456
Lab: 678-839-6148

Isabel Maggiano, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
imaggian@westga.edu
678-839-6458

Welcome to Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (BAFAL)

“The Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (BAFAL) is an active faculty and student research facility dedicated to providing experiential learning opportunities and community service. Its activities cover all the major subfields of physical anthropology but primarily focus on Forensic Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, and Musculoskeletal Health and Mobility. It applies experience and training in the study of bone from the total functional mechanics of the skeleton, to the basic cellular biology of its microstructure. Its mission is to contribute to a more complete understanding of the human physical form and uncover meaning and useful applications in its social, behavioral, and cultural contexts.The BAFAL lab offers its facilities and assistance to all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, Coroners, Medical Examiners’ Offices and medicolegal professionals toward the recovery, identification and analysis of human and nonhuman skeletal remains. Our curation and analyses of skeletal material from Egypt and Mesoamerica, offers a link for lab participants between the study of healthy and diseased bone anatomy and ancient and modern lifestyles. Students also collaborate with the local health system in order to track and measure health and mobility of patients working in pre- and post-operative physiotherapy regimens that preserve or regain joint mobility and skeletal health.”

“BAFAL is located in the “basement” of the Old Auditorium Building Rm. 0119. It is adjacent to the Anthropology Building on the southeast side of campus, and is easily accessible via Front Campus Drive, off of Maple Street (where the Visitor Center and visitor parking exist) or Back Campus Dr. off of West Georgia Dr. All post should be directed to the main Anthropology Office: 1601 Maple St., Carrollton, GA 30118.”