Bioarchaeology Research and Teaching (BART) Laboratory

The Bioarchaeology Research and Teaching (BART) Laboratory (Carleton Hall 109A), is a state-of-the art research and teaching facility at UNB. The BART lab boasts an extensive collection of osteological and pathological specimens used to teach students about human osteology, ancient disease, forensic anthropology, and bioarchaeology. Additionally, the BART lab houses remains from the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada supporting the ongoing excavation and research initiatives between the UNB Department of Anthropology and Parks Canada.

The BART lab is multi-functional in its use as a classroom, a research space, and graduate work area equipped with a reference library, laboratory supplies, photography equipment, forensic kits, osteometric boards, calipers, hard tissue sample collection equipment, and osteological material. The osteological collection in the BART lab consists of both adult male and female cranial and infracranial remains and subadult remains that represent specific periods of growth and development (i.e. infancy, childhood and adolescence). This collection also has adult and subadult dental casts and pubic casts used to assist with adult age estimation and sex determination. In addition to our complete skeletal examples, there is an adult fragmentary skeletal collection used for teaching and as a reference resource. The BART lab also has pathological specimens with specific examples of trauma, degenerative joint disease, infectious disease, metabolic disease, and tumors. The Fortress of Louisbourg collection is a unique addition to the BART lab, providing exciting research and teaching opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students. As excavation continues at the Fortress of Louisbourg, this research collection will grow, accommodating MA thesis projects, independent and collaborative research.