About us


The Maxwell Museum’s Laboratory of Human Osteology specializes in numerous facets of biological anthropology, and serves as a repository of human remains, including prehistoric, documented, and forensic remains.

The laboratory is pleased to be working with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) in the relocation of the prehistoric remains to their rightful descendants. The prehistoric collection is in the process of being documented.

Currently, the laboratory houses a documented osteological collection of over 300 modern individuals of various backgrounds. The Laboratory of Human Osteology also participates in forensic work through our close working relationship with the State of New Mexico's Office of the Medical Investigator.

Senior Collections Manager


Alex Denning, M.Sc., R.P.A.

Alex Denning is a Physical Anthropologist with an M.Sc. in Human Osteology and Palaeopathology. Before coming to the Maxwell Museum, Alex held positions at the Warren Anatomical Museum at Harvard Medical School and the Mütter Museum, as well as both state and hospital medical examiners offices. A registered archaeologist, Alex also participated in and supervised university and contract archaeological excavations throughout the northeast. In addition to their degrees in Anthropology, they hold graduate certificates in both Museum Studies and Death Investigation. Their research interests include stable isotope analysis of diet and mobility, particularly of high-altitude populations; weaning practices and growth and development; and examining race, gender, and abnormal development in medical science history.

Lab Staff​

AJ Frey

AJ Frey is an undergraduate student working towards her BA in Archaeological Anthropology with a distributed minor focusing on the holistic view of the history and effects of disease on individuals and human populations. She is currently working on her undergraduate honors thesis, which is identifying and interpreting pathology in skeletal remains. Her interests include: paleopathology, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology. When not in the lab, she is working as an RA for campus housing.


Mike Haueter, M.S.


Mike Haueter began volunteering with the Maxwell's Laboratory of Human Osteology in October of 2009 after retiring that year from APS where he taught secondary Science, History, and occasionally Mathematics for over twenty years. He received a B.A. in Physical Anthropology from UCLA and a Masters in Secondary Education from UNM. After being accepted as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher he spent the 1998-99 school year teaching in Riga, Latvia.  He also spent several years self-employed as a photographer of fine art. His other interests include home-brewing, wood-sculpting, travel, and reading, especially history and anything to do with ancient Egypt.

We have resumed our Body Donation program. Please contact the lab if you have any questions.


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