BARFAA | Midwest Bioarchaeology & Forensic Anthropology Association

The very first BARFAA conference in 1994, hosted by Dr. Leslie Eisenberg at State Historical Society in Madison, WI.

The Midwest Bioarchaeology & Forensic Anthropology Association was founded in 1994 by Dr. Leslie Eisenberg (Wisconsin) and Dr. Stephen Nawrocki (Indiana), with special help from Dr. Anne Grauer (Chicago). Our goal was to support communication between physical anthropologists and interested students on both formal and informal levels. Our organization consists of over 300 members who have a common interest in bioarchaeology, paleopathology, and forensic anthropology. Membership to our organization is free and is open to all interested parties. We meet annually in late Fall. The proceedings of our meetings are published online, and usually include abstracts and submitted papers by participating researchers.

The panel at BARFAA hosted at Ohio State University, by the Graduate Students in Anthropology Association, in 2013

The local arrangements committee at OSU wearing the official "Death To Vitruvius" t-shirt for BARFAA 2013

The topical focus of our organization and our annual meeting is the excavation, curation, and analysis of human skeletal remains. Our goal is to provide a forum through which professionals and students can share information concerning results of analyses, new methods and techniques of data collection, curation issues, current legal issues, forensic applications, and teaching strategies. Unlike many professional meetings where most of the presentations and resulting discussions are dominated by faculty members and professionals, the annual BARFAA meetings strive to encourage student participation at all levels.

Past Meeting Locations


The 24th annual BARFAA conference will be held on November 3 and 4, 2017, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is located just 3 miles north of downtown Milwaukee and is easily accessible by car, train, plane, and boat. General Mitchell International Airport is located 8 miles from downtown and has cabs, ride share services, several auto rental agencies, and an Amtrak train stop. The downtown Milwaukee Intermodal Station serves as the hub for the Amtrak Hiawatha line and the Greyhound Bus Service. The Lake Express Ferry provides a two-hour ride from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Michigan

Driving Directions


There are several options for parking on the UWM campus. The map below details the campus lots and their hourly costs. Most paid parking on campus is handled through the ParkMobile app. There is also street parking in the blocks surrounding campus available for 30 minute, 1 hour, and 2 hour durations. More information can be found at the UWM Visitor Parking webpage.

Parking Map


There is not a designated conference hotel and no rooms have been reserved at any location. Please visit UWM’s Visit Milwaukee webpage for information on local accommodations.


This year, BARFAA is offering t-shirts for purchase with your registration. The shirts are a black unisex cotton blend with an image on the front side. Shirts are $12 each. Please preorder a shirt if you would like one; small quantities may be available on site but we cannot guarantee availability. You must attend the conference to pick up your t-shirt. Shirts are available in the following sizes: XS, Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL (+$1.50), and 3XL (+$2.00). Shirts can be purchased at the Registration link below and your size preference should be indicated on the Registration Form.


Download the 2017 Registration Form , fill it in, and email it according to the instructions provided within. We encourage all attendees to preregister for the conference. Preregistration is $45 for regular attendees and $35 for students. Registration will be available on site at $50 for regular attendees and $40 for students. To complete your registration purchase, please click here.

NOTE: you will not be considered fully registered until we have received both your Registration Form and your online payment. Please contact with any questions.


Excellent guidelines for oral and poster presentations are available on the websites of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Midwest Archaeological Conference.

The presentation room is equipped with the following audiovisual equipment:

All PowerPoint presentations must be submitted to the Dropbox link that will be provided by November 1. These will be loaded on to the computer prior to the start of the sessions on November 4. Any presenter wishing to check their PowerPoint presentation may do so in the break period before their session. All presentations will be deleted following the talk.

Podium presentations will be kept to 15 minutes. A staff member will be present to provide timing services.

The poster display area is 8 feet wide by 4 feet high. Mounting supplies are not provided by BARFAA; presenters should bring their own pushpins or double-sided tape for their displays. Electricity is not available.

The poster presentation area will open at 7:30am on November 4, and presenters are invited to display their work as early as possible to gain maximum exposure. Each poster presenter has been assigned to one of two 40-minute poster presentation sections and it is recommended that the presenter be available near their poster during this period to interact with those viewing the material. Posters should be collected by the end of the conference (by 6 PM, 11/04/2017).

Schedule coming soon!

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