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BioArCh: a centre of excellence in bioarchaeology

BioArCh has a unique concentration of expertise in bioarchaeology, with internationally recognised strengths in the analysis of human, animal and plant remains and molecular techniques - proteins, lipids, DNA and stable isotopes. 

We aim to deliver practical solutions to major questions that benefit from time depth using approaches that range from Palaeoecology and isotopes to the latest -omics technologies. Our research covers major prehistoric and historic themes, forging stronger and more diverse links between laboratory and the field.

Interested in studying with us? Find out more about our BSc in Bioarchaeology, our MSc in Bioarchaeology, or get more details about our MSc in Zooarchaeology

Marie Curie Fellowships open now. Funder deadline September. Find out more about Research Fellowships at the University of York.

Who are we?

BioArCh was founded in 2003 by the Archaeology, Biology and Chemistry departments at the University of York. It has grown to become one of Europe's largest research centres for bioarchaeological research.

We are located in the Environment Building on the University of York’s Heslington West campus, housing our state-of-the-art facilities, collections and instrumentation, enabling our researchers to push the frontiers of the field.

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Analysis services and collaborative research

We are an inclusive group of curiosity-driven archaeologists, geochemists, environmental scientists and molecular biologists working on materials from around the globe from prehistory to the recent past.

Professor Oliver Craig, Director of BioArCh

Our research themes

Find out about the research themes underpinning all our work at BioArCh.

Learn more about our research

One of Europe's largest research centres for bioarchaeological research

A collaborative research facility, formed by the Archaeology, Biology and Chemistry Departments

Established at the University of York in 2003

More information about access and equipment booking. BioArch pages for staff and research students