Bioarchaeology Program Director
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of New Mexico 2013
M.S. Anthropology, University of New Mexico 2008
B.A. Anthropology, University of Wyoming 2006
Research interests: interpretation of past human behavior and social structure from skeletal signatures of habitual activity
Lara Noldner is the OSA’s Bioarchaeology Director, serving in that position since 2014. She worked in the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology’s Laboratory of Human Osteology throughout her graduate school career conducting osteological documentation, assisting with database building projects, and gaining experience with the process of repatriation under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA 43 CFR 10). After graduate school she worked with the Office of Contract Archeology at UNM and as a Lab Analyst at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. As OSA’s Bioarchaeology Director, she supervises, coordinates and directs activities pertaining to ancient human remains and burial sites in Iowa. In consultation with the State Archaeologist, she maintains compliance with state and federal legislation regarding human remains. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the UI Anthropology Department.