We have an incredible collection of human skeletal remains, comprising more than 700 specimens. This is one of the largest such collections to be held by any UK university.
Our skeletons vary significantly in date and provenance, dating from the Bronze Age through to the 19th century. Our collection is composed of skeletons gathered from our own archaeological activities, such as The Big Dig, from cemetery excavations throughout the country, and loans from museum institutions.
In addition to our bone collection, we also have an extensive cast collection, providing you with access to as large a reference sample as possible.
You’ll use this extensive collection to learn about how to identify human remains, conduct analysis for trauma (in a forensic and archaeological context) and create a biological profile in the process.
Our lab is fitted with specialist tables for laying out and examining skeletons and our knowledgeable demonstrators and lecturers are always on hand to offer advice and assistance if you need it.
As an undergraduate student you will have supervised access to the lab during teaching time. If you are studying a postgraduate course you can access the lab whenever you need to for your learning and project work.