BioArCh: a facility for bioarchaeology at York 

BioArch rotating images no 3 / SBlock common room

BioArch rotating images no 4 / examination skelton

Contact details:

Director of BioArCh:
Dr Oliver Craig

Laboratory Technician:
Matthew von Tersch

Alizon Holland


Environment Building
Wentworth Way
YO10 5DD

BioArCh has a unique concentration of expertise in human palaeoecology and environmental archaeology, with internationally recognised strengths in proteins, lipids, DNA and stable isotopes, human and other mammal and bird bones, molluscs, soils, microscopic remains of plants and animals.

A collaborative research facility formed by the Archaeology, Biology and Chemistry Departments, BioArCh is located within the Biology Department on the Heslington West campus.

Research has been conducted in protohistoric and historic contexts, with new staff appointments adding biomolecular, prehistoric and historic themes, forging stronger and more diverse links between laboratory and field.

The HYMS Functional Morphology and Evolution unit adds skills in primate and human anatomy to our range of expertise, ably supported by three Emeritus Professors. It is also setting up new challenges for our understanding of the interplay of ontogenetic patterning and physical loading in skeletal morphology.

If you are interested in using the services in the facility please contact the Administrator, Alizon Holland.