two men working in the fieldResearch Opportunities

Some graduate students will have the opportunity to work as funded research assistants with faculty members who have acquired external funding. Most students will conceive their own research project and seek funding from the department, the graduate school, and external agencies like the Alabama Historical Society, the National Science Foundation, and the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.


A departmental computer laboratory houses a number of personal computers used for graphics, bibliographic research, data entry and analysis, and word processing. There are two additional laboratories, as well as a software library available to graduate students in the ten Hoor building which houses the anthropology department. All students are given at least one email account and can remotely access the web via the bama server for no charge.

Cultural Anthropology

The University Library maintains a subscription to the electronic Human Relations Area Files. Additionally, a partial set of Human Relations Area Files and the Archive of American Minority Cultures are maintained on microfiche at the Main Library.

Biocultural Anthropology

The Developmental Ecology and Human Biology Lab is a biological anthropology wet lab providing a center within the department for research involving immunological, endocrine, and other biological markers in support of biocultural research. The Human Behavioral Ecology Research Group (HBERG) is a group of faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students based in the University of Alabama Anthropology Department pursuing research pertaining to biocultural medical, psychological, and evolutionary anthropology.

Physical Anthropology

The Laboratory for Human Osteology houses one of the most extensive collection of southeastern U.S. skeletal remains in existence. The laboratory is a modern, well-equipped facility located in Mary Harmon Bryant Hall, which houses the special collections of the Museum of Natural History. The Department also maintains a collection of fossil hominid casts, which includes the Wenner-Gren and Pennsylvania Museum Series.


Laboratory facilities for the analysis of archaeological remains are maintained at the Tuscaloosa campus and at Moundville Archaeological Park, a major archaeological site owned by the University. The department regularly conducts field schools, and there are frequent opportunities for field and laboratory experience. The University of Alabama Museums operates a Cultural Resource Management program and curates extensive research collections from Southeastern archaeological sites including Moundville.