Our lab equipment is unique in North Carolina. Only two other programs (ECU and UNC-Wilmington) have a 3-D scanner available for training bioarchaeology undergraduates. That, along with new metallurgical and stereo microscopes in our archaeology lab, allows us to offer students courses and internships in the latest microscopy and 3-D scanning technology used in archaeology and biological anthropology today.
With the exception of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, we have the largest vertebrate osteological comparative collection in North Carolina. Our human skeletal collection and fossil cast collection--used for teaching and research in biological anthropology, skeletal morphology, and forensic analysis--is the second largest in the UNC system.
We house archaeological research collections from the following periods: Archaic South East, Hopewellian (Biltmore Estate), Late Prehistoric (North Carolina), Protohistoric (Broyhill Property), and Historic (Fort Defiance and others)