The Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (BAFAL) is an “open door” 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. Its mission is to increase our understanding of humanity through analyses of the interplay between the biology of the human body and its social, behavioral, and cultural contexts.
The BAFAL lab:
- Offers facilities and assistance toward the recovery, identification, and analysis of skeletal remains
- Curates and analyses skeletal material from Egypt and Mesoamerica, investigating healthy and diseased bone anatomy and comparing ancient and modern lifestyles
- Collaborates with the local health system in order to track and measure health and mobility