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Researchers wishing to sample or cast an object from the Department of Anthropology (including staff) must submit a formal proposal describing the proposed research methodology, sampling or casting procedure, and expected analytical results. The researcher must also complete a Sampling and Casting Request Form, which summarizes the proposal.
This committee reviews requests to analyze specimens from the collections of the Department of Anthropology. It is composed of the Collections Manager, Conservator, Department Chair, and several curators.