Services

Services We Provide

Archaeology

HUCAS archaeologists are experienced in carrying out Phase I, II, and III archaeological projects. We offer a full range of services including background research, cataloging, artifact analysis, faunal analysis, and report writing.

Staff members meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for Archaeology.

Osteology

HUCAS has experts in osteological identification and analysis who can provide biological profiles for individual or commingled human remains. In addition, we can conduct bone chemistry analyses for geographic origin, residential history, and dietary reconstruction.

We are able to identify bone as human or non-human for your agency.

Many bones can be identified through photographs and video. Contact us at hucas@hamline.edu or 612-434-5783.

If the bone is not identifiable through a photograph or video, or if you are depositing material with us for another reason, we can undertake a "no contact" transfer.

No Contact Transfer Procedure:

We request that you contact us in advance (hucas@hamline.edu or 612-434-5783) and include any relevant information either in the container with the bone to be identified, or electronically in advance of drop-off. Depending on the situation, you may be asked to fill out and return a form for our records.

Please place collections in the trunk or backseat of your vehicle and park in Parking Lot E. The employee meeting you can remove the collections from your vehicle while wearing a mask and gloves.

Burial Assessment and Recovery

Our staff is experienced in performing burial assessments to determine the presence of burial grounds and prevent disturbance or displacement of human remains. In the event of inadvertent disturbance of burials, HUCAS staff has experience in the respectful recovery of human remains in order to facilitate reburial.

Within the past decade, HUCAS has performed numerous recoveries of displaced human burials in locations throughout Minnesota. These include multi-year efforts as well as smaller-scale recoveries. We work in close consultation with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Office of the State Archaeologist, and descendant communities.

Education

As a part of Hamline University, HUCAS staff offers an archaeology field school. Several staff members currently teach in the University Anthropology Department.