School of Biomedical Sciences

Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology

Founded in 1986, the Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology is under the directorship of Harrell Gill-King, Ph.D., a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology.  In 2004, the laboratory integrated it’s efforts with the UNTCHI Laboratory for Molecular Identification to form the Center for Human Identification.  The laboratory provides anthropological analysis of human remains for law enforcement agencies and medicolegal professionals across the United States.  Additional information on forensic casework services can be found on the laboratory’s website,

The laboratory also provides graduate academic training and accredited professional training to law enforcement agencies, medicolegal investigators, and a number of federal agencies.  Ongoing research activities include remote digital image analysis of clandestine burials, thermobaric effects on human bone, skeletal endocrinology and pathology related to drug use, isotopic analysis of human diet, taphonomy, and techniques in human identification.

The Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology is housed within the Department of Biological Sciences on the Denton campus of the University of North Texas, The facility occupies approximately 2500 square feet of secure, restricted-access space designed for:

    • Dry skeletal analysis and casework
    • Wet decompositional casework
    • Microscopy and photography
    • Digital dental and digital flat-plate radiography
    • Bone histology
    • Secure archival case storage
    • Additional specialized analyses and equipment are available through cooperative agreements with associates at the university


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Harrell Gill-King & Mark Ingraham

dry lab

Dry Lab

wet lab

Wet Lab