Among the most important resources of the laboratory are its modern comparative collections. Absolutely essential to the success of any zooarchaeological endeavor is the availability of a comparative collection. The bones and teeth of modern animals of known species, age, and sex are compared to the archaeological faunal remains in order to permit identification and characterization of those remains. Since 1981 the Zooarchaeology Laboratory has been engaged in establishing a collection of mammals, birds, and fish, focusing on complete disarticulated skeletons. Now numbering more than 1200 specimens, this collection is particularly strong in domestic species (especially sheep, goat, cattle and water buffalo) and in the wild fauna of New England. These materials supplement those housed in the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), a world-renowned institution that can also be used by students and researchers. The MCZ's collections from North America, Mesoamerica, and Asia are particularly noteworthy.
Complete information on specimens is available upon request from:
Collections Manager, Zooarchaeology Laboratory
11 Divinity Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138 USA Telephone: 617 495-8317 Fax: 617 495-7535