The disciplines of osteoarchaeology and palaeopathology are the scientific analysis of human remains from archaeological contexts, investigating the demography, health, diet and lifeways of people from the past.
Malin Holst and Paola Ponce from BioArCh also work in the commercial sector, at York Osteoarchaeology Ltd, specialising in the excavation and analysis of human skeletal remains. As such, bioarchaeology at York University is consistently up-to-date and has access to recently excavated skeletal assemblages for research projects.
We curate large skeletal collections from different time periods, which are used for teaching and research projects. These populations offer the opportunity to study demography, stress, trauma and disease and cultural context.
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Malin has been working in commercial archaeology since 1987 and in osteoarchaeology and palaeopathology since 1996. She is specialised in the macroscopic analysis of human remains from all periods. Malin has been teaching at York since 2003 and is also the director of York Osteoarchaeology. Current projects include the analysis of medieval nunneries from northern England, research into stress in the urban poor from industrial cities of the post-medieval period and investigation into early medieval health and funerary ritual.
Paola has been teaching at York since 2018. She has 7 years of experience of working in the commercial sector and more than 19 years conducting collaborative and independent research on skeletal assemblages of European and Native American ancestry spanning temporally from Neolithic to post-medieval times. She is particularly interested in the palaeopathology of adult and non-adult individuals by means of applying lab-based and desk-based techniques to try to answer specific questions regarding their health and disease.