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Forensic Anthropology Center
Department of Anthropology
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512-245-1900
Fax: 512-245-6889
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The FACTS strives to assist national and international scholars in conducting quality scientific research that will benefit the medico-legal and anthropological communities. We have a large outdoor decomposition facility called the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility, and a growing documented human skeletal collection housed in the well-equipped Grady Early Forensic Anthropology Research Laboratory. If you are interested in conducting research at Texas State University, please contact Dr. Daniel Wescott (dwescott@txstate.edu or 512-245-1900). Please complete the appropriate request form below and email, mail, or fax to Dr. Wescott for approval. FACTS will make reasonable efforts to help facilitate your research. Fees may be charged for some services. In addition, researchers must agree to:
  1. proper safety and handling proceedures,
  2. providing FACTS with a copy of all photographs and data collected, and
  3. providing FACTS with a copy of all or any results in manuscript or reprint form.
  4. acknowledge FACTS in publications resulting from data collected at Texas State University
    1. ​Please acknowledge us as "Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX"
    2. Publications with work performed using the high resolution computed tomography system should acknowledge NSF:MRI award 1338044 (Wescott et al. 2013)

Pay Service Fees Here

You can make a payment of FACTS services such as CT Scanning, 3D printing, and more. Please do not purchase anything until you have received an invoice from FACTS.


FARF Research Request

The Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF) is a 26-acre outdoor human decomposition research laboratory at Texas State’s Freeman Ranch that is used to conduct studies related to forensic taphonomy. Also located on Freeman Ranch is the Osteology Research and Processing Laboratory that includes cold storage, radiography and photographic stations, and a skeletal processing suite. Anthropologists, archaeologists, odontologists, botanists, entomologists, chemists, and others in disciplines that study human decomposition can propose to conduct research at FARF. Please complete the FARF Research Request Form if you are interested in conducting research at FARF.


Donated skeleton
donated skeleton

Texas State University Donated Skeletal Collection Research Request

The Grady Early Forensic Anthropology Research Laboratory (GEFARL) houses the Texas State University Donated Skeletal Collection (TXSTDSC). This is a rapidly growing collection that includes skeletons with documented deomographic, occupation, and health information. The GEFARL includes a photography studio, white-light scanner, micro-CT and digital radiography system, histology equipment, and basic osteometric equipment. Please complete the Skeletal Collection Research Request Form if you wish to use the collection for your research. You can also contact Dr. Daniel Wescott for an updated list of the demographic structure of the Texas State Donated Collection and for information about anthropometric, photographic, and other information available.

NSI X5000 CT System
X5000 CT system

Computed Tomography and Digital Radiography Service

FACTS has acquired a NSI X5000 micro-CT system that is available for researchers conducting nondestructive 2D and 3D internal and external imaging. The cost is $100/hour for academic use. The hourly rate applies to mounting the specimen, calibrating and optimizing the scanner, image data acquisition, and image processing. Please complete the CT Service Request Form or send inquiries for digital radiography and computed tomography to Daniel Wescott or Deborah Cunningham. In some cases we may have images of the donated skeletal collection that can be obtained for research.


3D Printer with skull
3D printer

3D Printing Service

FACTS has a Projet 660 Pro 3D printer that can be used by researchers to print 3D color models as large as 254 X 381 X 203 mm (10 X 15 X 8 in) with 600 X 540 dpi resolutions. Contact Daniel Wescott for requests and pricing.


3D scanner
Breuckmann 3D Scanner

3D White-Light Scanner

FACTS has a Breuckmann smartScan3D-HE that can be used for high resoultion 3D data acquisition and digital measurement. The data set can be saved in various formats for further processing.

NextEngine Scanner
NextEngine Scanner

NextEngine 3D Laser Scanner

The  NextEngine scanner allows for the digitization of 3D objects to 100 micron precision.