Department of Archaeology
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Malin Holst has worked in field archaeology since 1987 and in bioarchaeology since 1996. She first studied Practical Archaeology at the Dorset Institue of Higher Education (HND, 1991). This was followed by a BA in Archaeology at the University of Leicester (1993). After two years of working in commercial archaeology, Malin completed an MSc in Osteology, Palaeopathology and Funerary Archaeology (1997) jointly at the Universities of Sheffield and Bradford.
Malin is the director of York Osteoarchaeology Ltd (www.yorkosteoarch.co.uk), a company that carries out the excavation, analysis and reporting of human skeletons from archaeological projects.
Malin has been teaching bioarchaeology at the Unversity of York since 2003.
Speed, G. and Holst, M. (eds) 2018. A1 Leeming to Barton. Death, Burial and Identity, 3000 Years of Death in the Vale of Mowbray, NAA Monograph Series Volume 4 (Barnard Castle)
Gowland, R.L., Caffell, A., Newman, S., Levene, A. and Holst, M. 2018. 'Broken childhoods: rural and urban non-adult health during the Industrial Revolution in Northen England (eighteenth-nineteenth centuries), Bioarchaeology International 2 (1): 44-62
Holst, M. & Alexander, M. (eds). 2018 Trends in Biological Anthropology, Volume 2 (Oxford)
Hendy, J., Warinner, C., Bouwman, A., Collins, M. J., Fiddyment, S., Fischer, R., Hagan, R., Hofman, C., Holst, M. R., Chaves, E., Klaus, L., Larson, G., Mackie, M., McGrath, K., Mundorff, A., Radini, A., Rao, H., Trachsel, C., Velsko, I. & Speller, C. F. 2018. ‘Proteomic evidence of dietary sources in ancient dental calculus’, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Holst, M. 2018. ‘Response to the paper by Redfern and Clegg by Malin Holst’, World Archaeology 49:5, 588-593, DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2017.1411825
Mackie, M., Hendy, J. R., Lowe, A. D., Sperduti, A., Holst, M., Collins, M. J. & Speller, C. F. 2017.
‘Preservation of the metaproteome: Variability of protein preservation in ancient dental calculus, STAR: Science Technology of Archaeological Research
Martiniano, R., Caffell, A., Holst, M., Hunter-Mann, K., Montgomery, J., Müldner, G., McLaughlin, R.L., Teasdale, M.D., van Rheenen, W., Veldink, J.H., van den Berg, L.H.,Hardiman, O., Carroll, M., Roskams, S., Oxley, J., Morgan, C., Thomas, M.G., Barnes, I., McDonnell, C., Collins, M.J. & Bradley, D.G. 2016. ‘Genomic signals of migration and continuity in Britain before the Anglo-Saxons’, Nature Communications
Buckberry, J., Montgomery, J., Towers, J., Müldner, G., Holst, M., Evans, J., Gledhill, A., Neale, N. and Lee-Thorp, J. 2014. ‘Finding Vikings in the Danelaw’, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 33(4): 413–434
Richardson, J. and Weston, P., with contributions by Alldritt, D., Carrott, J., Disbury, P., Foster, A., Holst, M., Makey, P., Manby, T. & Walker, A., 2014. ‘Earlier Prehistoric Activity and a later Iron Age and Roman Field System at Beacons Lagoons, Kilnsea, East Riding of Yorkshire’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 86: 3-32
Caffell, A. & Holst, M. 2013. ‘Human remains’, in L. Martin, J. Richardson & I. Roberts (eds), Iron Age and Roman Settlements at Wattle Syke (Leeds)
Bouwman, A.S., Kennedy, S.L., Müller, R., Stephens, R.H., Holst, M., Caffell, A.C., Roberts, C.A. & Brown, T.A. 2012. ‘The genotype of a historic strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109: 18511-18516
Caffell, A. & Holst, M. 2011. 2011. ‘Osteological analysis’, in Fenton-Thomas, C., Where Sky and Yorkshire and Water Meet, On-Site Archaeology Monograph 2 (York): 323-332
Richardson, J. with contributions byAlldritt, D., Barclay, C., Brooks, I., Carrott, I., Chernery, C., Cool, H., Cowgill, J., Didsbury, P., Evans, J., Fern, C., Gaunt, G., Hartley, K. Heslop, D., Holst, M. Manby, T., Morris, E., Wild, F. & Williams, D. 2011. ‘Bronze Age Cremations, Iron Age and Roman Settlement and Early Medieval Inhumations at the Langeled Receiving Facilities, Easington, East Riding of Yorkshire’, The Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 83 (1): 59-100
Holst, M. 2009. ‘The human remains’ in Ian Roberts, ‘Late Iron Age and Romano-British Settlement at High Wold, Bempton Lane, Bridlington, East Yorkshire’, The Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 81:47-137
Holst, M. 2009. ‘The human remains’, in J. Hart and E.R. McSloy, ‘Prehistoric and early historic activity, settlement and burial at Walton Cardiff, near Tewkesbury: Excavations at Rudgeway Lane in 2004-2005, in N. Holbrook (eds), Iron Age and Romano-British Agriculture in North Gloucestershire Severn Vale, Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Report 6: 48-54
Luke, M. with major contributions by Allen, C., Bates, S., Duncan, H., Holst, M., Macphail, R., Maltby, M., Pelling, R., Robinson, M., Slowikowski, A. & Wells, J. 2008. Life in the Loop: Investigation of a Prehistoric and Romano-British Landscape at Biddenham Loop, Bedfordshire, East Anglian Archaeology 125
Mays, S. & Holst, M. 2006. ‘Palaeo-otology of cholesteatoma’, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 16: 1-15
Holst, M. 2005. ‘Human Remains’, in I. Roberts (eds) Ferrybridge Henge. The Ritual Landscape, Archaeological Services WYAS, Yorkshire Archaeology 10 (Leeds): 167-175
Holst, M. & Coughlan, J., 2000. ‘Dental Health and Disease’, in V. Fiorato, A Boylston and C. Knüsel (eds), Blood Red Roses: The Archaeology of a Medieval Mass Grave from the Battle of Towton 1461, Oxbow Books, Oxford, 77-89
Coughlan, J. & Holst, M. 2000. ‘Health Status’, in V. Fiorato, A Boylston & C. Knüsel (eds), Blood Red Roses: The Archaeology of a Medieval Mass Grave from the Battle of Towton 1461, Oxbow Books, Oxford, 60-76
Boylston, A., Holst, M. & Coughlan, J.2000. ‘Physical Anthropology’, in V. Fiorato, A Boylston & C. Knüsel (eds), Blood Red Roses: The Archaeology of a Medieval Mass Grave from the Battle of Towton 1461, Oxbow Books, Oxford, 45-59
Holst, M. 1999. ‘Schlacht um Englands Thron’, in Archäologie in Deutschland, 1/99, 58
Boylston, A., Holst, M., Coughlan, J., Novak, S., Sutherland, T. & Knüsel, C. 1997. ‘Recent Excavations of a Mass Grave from Towton’, in Yorkshire Medicine, 9 (3), 25-6
Malin's research focuses on bioarchaeology, especially palaeopathology, with particular emphasis on weapon-related trauma. Malin has examined numerous battle-victims, including those from the battles of Heronbridge 613 and Towton 1461. Her research interests also include burial ritual, particularly multi-period cemeteries, which often span millennia.
Malin teaches the human bones skills modules for postgraduates, and the postgraduate core module The Archaeology of Human Bones.
She also provides careers' advice. Please contact Malin if you consider pursuing a career in commercial archaeology and would like advice on how to get a job in archaeology or help with your CV.
Member of the British Association of Biological Anthropologists and Osteoarchaeologists
Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MIfA)
Member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists
Member of the Palaeopathology Association
Member of the Federation of Archaeological Managers
Member of the York Bones Forum