Botanical Analysis Lab

Paleoethnobotanical Laboratory

Archaeological Research Laboratory, Department of Anthropology

Paleoethnobotanical Laboratory with the Archaeological Research LaboratoryThe Paleoethnobotanical Laboratory with the Archaeological Research Laboratory (Department of Anthropology) is dedicated research space for the analysis of archaeological plant remains.

The identification and analysis of plant remains provides important information about the relationship between people and plants in the past, informing about foodways, ritual activities, fuel and construction choices, and environmental conditions.

Under the direction of Dr. Jennifer R. Haas, the Paleoethnobotanical Laboratory offers a full array of plant macroremain services to cultural resource management (CRM) firms, universities, museums, and other organization.

Plant Macroremain Services include:
Project Development & Research Design Planning: We are happy to be part of your project team! We have key staff bios and resumes readily accessible for project and grant proposals. We offer the development of research designs for the field recovery, laboratory processing, and analysis of plant macroremains as part of archaeological data recovery, field school, site excavation, and site evaluation projects.;

Field Sampling: Working with the Project P.I., we can develop appropriate field sampling methods to address research design questions.

Flotation Processing: We provide full-service processing of flotation samples using a

Analysis & Identification: For processed flotation samples, as well as samples derived from other recovery techniques, we provide analysis and identification of archaeological plant remains.

Curation: Materials submitted for analysis are prepared for permanent curation using archivally stable packaging and tags.

Fees will vary depending on the desired services as well as the size of the samples and types of processing required.

If you are interested in any of these services, please contact us to discuss your project!


Jennifer R. Haas
(414) 229-3078
Wet lab — Flotation processing occurs with the Archaeological Research Laboratory wet lab facility in Sabin Hall using two Flote-Tech machine assisted flotation system machines. Following flotation, materials are carefully air-dried on drying racks within the wet lab.
Dry Lab — Processed flotation samples undergo identification and analysis within the Paleoehtnobotanical Laboratory located in Sabin (RM ). The Paleoethnobotanical Laboratory is equipped with two full work stations and an extensive comparative collection.