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Access to Collections

Collections at the Laboratory are available by appointment only for research to qualified researchers for scientific and educational research within normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm). Per Georgia law, the Laboratory prevents access to site location and information for the general public therefore; the Laboratory limits access to the collections to Laboratory staff, authorized visitors, and qualified researchers.

Researchers must agree to abide by the Laboratory’s standards of collection management and use. Access to the collections is contingent upon submittal and completion of the Collections Research Access and Use Form, which is approved by the Director and the Operations Director based upon collection (s) availability and research objectives prior to the agreed upon arrival date (s). Visiting researchers will be provided with space for analysis, photography equipment, microscopes, associated maps and documents, in addition to other specific tools as necessary. Use of copy machine and associated supplies will be charged to the researcher. 

Requests for access to all material, including ancestral remains and associated funerary objects, not under complete control by the Laboratory must be cleared with the federal or state agency that does have final control over the collection as well as through descendant communities. It is important to remember that such collections may be subject to tribal consultation and access may be limited due to NAGPRA agreements or negotiations. For access to collections owned by state and federal institutions there may be specific access guidelines or permits that need to be completed before research is conducted.