Anthropology/Archaeology/Forensic Science Laboratory
The Anthropology /Archaeology/Forensic Science (AAFS) Laboratory is located in Beracha Hall on the Frost campus at Saint Louis University. The AAFS Lab is primarily used by students enrolled in classes in anthropology and forensic science.
Equipped with up-to-date safety equipment, the 800 sq. ft. space offers room for 25-30 students as they explore and analyze crime scene evidence, ancient artifacts and primitive bones.
Students work on a variety of projects that not only reinforce classroom lessons, but also opens them up to practical, hands-on skills they can carry into professional careers.
In forensic science, students undergo biology and chemistry experiments necessary for the investigation of a crime scene. These include testing in several areas ...
- DNA - matching suspect samples with samples from the crime scene
- Entomology - recognizing the time of death through analysis of body decomposition
- Botany - examining trace botanical evidence from the crime scene
- Microbes (bioterrorism) - detecting biological agents released for social disruption
In anthropology, students study a broad spectrum, from early hominids (paleoanthropology) to nonhuman primates (primatology) to modern human variability (human biology). Lab work underscores the study of these areas, as students explore ...
- human population genetics
- evolutionary forces and systematics
- human skeletons and fossil hominids
- comparative primate anatomy and behavior
In archaeology, students take artifacts from an excavation site into the lab for examination and interpretation. They look to draw conclusions from a variety of artifngroups through CSI-SLU, a workshop where our instructors demonstrate to teachers unique and engaging ways to teach science and the law to students.
The AAFS Lab also allows for collaboration within the SLU and St. Louis community. This includes a medico-legal death investigation workshop through a partnership between the Forensic Science program and the SLU School of Medicine. The Forensic Science program also teams with local teacher education groups through CSI-SLU, a workshop where our instructors demonstrate to teachers unique and engaging ways to teach science and the law to students.