Accessibility statement

BioArCh: a facility for bioarchaeology at York 

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BioArCh is now open again! We have a new email address:
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BioArCh has a unique concentration of expertise in archaeological science, with internationally recognised strengths in research of proteins, lipids, DNA and stable isotopes, human and other mammal, fish and bird bones, molluscs, soils, as well as microscopic remains of plants and animals. Research covers prehistoric and historic themes, forging stronger and more diverse links between laboratory and field.

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

If you are interested in using the facility please contact the Administrator, Josie Thomas, in the first instance. For ZooMS queries please use the form on the Proteomics and ZooMS page

Academic visitors must approach a member of BioArCh staff or the director to check arrangements for any work they intend to do within the facilities.
We are part of IPERION HS. There are three different platforms or types of infrastructure that researchers can access - ArchLab (access to physical collections), FixLab (access to research facilities), and Molab (mobile equipment and expertise travel to historic sites). BioArCh is part of Fixlab. Proposals for Trans-National Access can be put in at any time of the year, with evaluation happening every 5 months; the next call closes on 30 April 2022. If you are interested in putting in a proposal please contact

There are videos on how to apply on the IPERION-HS website. The user helpdesk ( is there to answer any queries and can also help match users with heritage scientists based within the 67 organisations that make up the IPERION-HS partnership.

Funding covers researchers’ time spent at the institution being visited, including travel and subsistence costs. A proposal can involve visits to, and collaboration with, more than one institution. Visits can be made by an individual (a user) or a group of individuals (a user group) and can range from a few days to a couple of weeks. The funding also covers the host expert’s time working with the users. This fund is designed to facilitate short vists as part of a larger research project.

Interested in our MSc in Bioarchaeology? Find out more.

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Contact details

Director of BioArCh:
Oliver Craig

Laboratory Manager:
Matthew von Tersch

Josie Thomas

Environment Building
Wentworth Way, York
YO10 5DD, UK