The Department of Anthropology’s forensic and physical anthropology facilities include: the CSU-Chico Human Identification Laboratory (CSUC-HIL), the Archaeology and Zooarchaeology Laboratories, and the Stable Isotope Preparation Laboratory.
The CSUC-HIL facility is on the ground floor of Plumas Hall. The lab is approximately 2500 square feet, and includes microscopy and photography stations, and osteometric equipment. The wet lab includes a standard autopsy sink, an examination table, a three-body mobile morgue, and a dermestid beetle colony. A 200 square foot secure evidence room is connected to the lab containing a Hewlett Packard Faxitron x-ray cabinet and radiographic developer. The zooarchaeology lab is adjacent to the CSUC-HIL and contains approximately 1,600 skeletons of nearly 700 different species of fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. In addition to being an important archaeological resource, the zooarchaeology lab has been extremely valuable for its role in identifying non-human skeletal remains believed to be of forensic significance.