BioArCh is home to a purpose-built palaeogenomic laboratory to recover ancient DNA from archaeological and historic specimens, following rigorous methodologies.

We routinely conduct ancient DNA extraction from various archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological remains. The types of samples analysed include: human and animal bones and teeth, plant and seed remains, wood and soil organic matter, coprolites. We also have a PCR lab that is used to amplify and characterise DNA fragments.

Ancient DNA Laboratory

  • Positive Pressure Filtered Ventilation System
  • UV-Irradiation System
  • Dremel Rotary Tools
  • Retsch Mixer Mill MM200
  • Esco Airstream Biological Safety Cabinets
  • Erlab Captair Ductless Fume Hood 
  • Invitrogen Qubit 2.0 Fluorometer
  • UVP DNA Crosslinker
  • Thermal Cyclers (used only for preparation of high-throughput sequencing DNA libraries): Techne TC-412, Applied Biosystems MiniAmp 

Contact us

Dr Nathan Wales
Academic lead

Dr Sophy Charlton
Academic lead

Sofia Skott
Technical lead - aDNA/Palaeoproteomics Technician

bioarch@york.ac.uk

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PCR Laboratory

  • Agilent 4150 TapeStation
  • Applied Biosystems Veriti Thermal Cycler
  • Applied Biosystems ProFlex PCR System
  • Applied Biosystems MiniAmp Thermal Cycler
  • Gel Rigs/Visualisation Equipment connected to the computer

Contact us

Dr Nathan Wales
Academic lead

Dr Sophy Charlton
Academic lead

Sofia Skott
Technical lead - aDNA/Palaeoproteomics Technician

bioarch@york.ac.uk

Related links