Since 1981 a departmental committee was organized to review requests to analyze specimens from the collections of the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). The committee is composed of several curators, the collections manager, a conservator, and the Department Chair. Curators are selected based on the expertise required to properly evaluate individual sampling and casting requests.
Sampling or Casting Request
Anyone wishing to sample or cast an object of the Department of Anthropology, NMNH, including staff, must complete a Sampling and Casting Request Form (see below). The form is self-explanatory and reminds the investigator of documentation procedures required in this process. In addition to summarizing the "Purpose of Analysis", the researcher is required to elaborate in this section by including a formal proposal or a statement describing the proposed research methodology, sampling procedure if relevant, casting procedure and materials if relevant, as well as expected analytical results.
The submitted Request Form is reviewed by the Committee members in advance and is discussed at the monthly departmental Collections Advisory Committee meeting.
Sampling and casting requests should be emailed to:
Greta Hansen, Chair
Anthropology Sampling Committee
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