Texas Archeological Research Laboratory

Human Osteology

Human remains from archeological investigations are housed in a separate, quiet, climate-controlled room. TARL has completed the comprehensive inventories and conducted consultation as required by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA). The disposition of human remains and associated objects affiliated with particular Native American Tribes will be determined by each tribe. Any access to human remains requires a completed Request for Access to Human Remains form and prior consultation to any research. A NAGPRA consultation fee will apply.

The following documents and forms pertain to research involving human remains housed at TARL:

Policy for Access to Human Remains (download PDF file)

This document explains TARL's policy for access to human remains. Only legitimate research is permitted and only after consultation is completed. All access to human remains requires documentation of consultation submitted with the Request for Access form. A processing fee will apply. 

Guidelines for Research Involving Human Remains (download PDF file)

This document lists stipulations and requirements for research that involves human remains. It must be read, agreed to and signed prior to accessing human remains at TARL.

Application for Destructive Sampling or Analysis (download PDF file)

This form must be completed to gain access to human remains for destructive sampling or analysis. This request will only be considered after the consultation process has been initiated and is ongoing.


For further inquiries, please contact our Curatorial Associate and Bioarcheologist