BioArCh boasts a dedicated zooarchaeological laboratory named after prominent zooarchaeologist, and Professor Emeritus of University of York, Terry O’Connor.
The laboratory houses the bulk of our reference collections and associated equipment.
In addition to our basic zooarchaeological equipment, we have a range of high-quality imaging devices, featuring:
- an Artec 3D scanner for Geometric Morphometrics
- X-Ray facilities
- DSLR cameras and lenses
Our vertebrate reference collection features over 1,700 specimens from more than 550 taxa. To facilitate researchers, it is managed into well-organised catalogues, including:
- mammal index
- bird index
- fish index
- East African fish index
Resources and collections
We house the Baker Collection of Veterinary Pathology with hundreds of pathological animal bones and are in the process of digitising its catalogue.
We also maintain an extensive zooarchaeology teaching collection in the PalaeoHub facility, where we have access to larger teaching laboratories for our undergraduate programmes and the MSc in Zooarchaeology.
YZL reference collection
Please contact us if you would like to consult the YZL reference collection for research purposes, specifying YZL specimen codes where applicable. The public database contains only the most common fields; we hold additional data about many specimens.