Malin Holst
Osteoarchaeology (Teaching Fellow)

Profile

Biography

Malin Holst undertook an HND in Practical Archaeology at Bournemouth University, followed by a degree in Archaeology at the University of Leicester. She then completed an MSc in Osteology, Palaeopathology and Funerary Archaeology jointly at the University of Sheffield and University of Bradford.  Malin has worked in field archaeology since 1987 and in bioarchaeology since 1996.  

Malin is the the director of York Osteoarchaeology Ltd ( www.yorkosteoarch.co.uk ), a commercial bioarchaeological company that carries out the excavation, analysis and reporting or publication of human skeletons from archaeological projects. 

Malin teaches the Human Bones skills modules for undergraduate and post-graduate courses and the core module Archaeology of Human Bones for post-graduates.

Publications

Selected publications

Buckberry, J., Montgomery, J., Towers, J., Müldner, G., Holst, M., Evans, J., Gledhill, A., Neale, N. and Lee-Thorp, J. 2014. ‘Finding Vikinfs 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. 2010. ‘A comparative study of ‘continuity’ cemeteries in Yorkshire’, CBA Yorkshire Forum: 15-16

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

Holst, M. 2008. ‘Human bone:Osteological Assessment’ in M. Carver (ed)Wasperton Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/archive/wasperton_eh_2008/overview.cfm?CFID=573996andCFTOKEN=39545028

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

Cullen, K., Holbrook, N., Watts, M., Caffell, A. & Holst, M. 2007. ‘A Post-Roman cemetery at Hewlett Packard, Filton, South Gloucestershire: Excavations in 2005’ in M. Watts (ed) Two Cemeteries from Bristol’s Northern Suburbs. Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Report 4: 51-96

Mays, S. & Holst, M.  2006. ‘Palaeo-otology of cholesteatoma’, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 16: 1-15

Sutherland, T.L. & Holst, M. 2005. Battlefield Archaeology – Guide to the Archaeology of Conflict, http://www.bajr.org/DocumentsBAJRBattleGuide.pdf

Holst, M. 2005. Fishergate House Artefacts and Environmental Evidence: The Human Bone, http://www.archaeologicalplanningconsultancy.co.uk/mono/001/rep_bone_hum1a.html

Holst, M. 2005. ‘Human Remains’, in I. Roberts (eds) Ferrybridge Henge.  The Ritual Landscape, Archaeological Services WYAS, Yorkshire Archaeology 10 (Leeds): 167-175

Boylston, A., Novak, S., Sutherland, T., Holst, M., Coughlan, J. & Knüsel, C. 2004. ‘Archaeology and anthropology of medieval warfare: an investigation of burials from the Battle of Towton AD 1461’, Medieval History10: 50-57

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

Boylston, A., Novak, S., Sutherland, T., Holst, M. & Coughlan, J. 1997. ‘Burials from the Battle of Towton’, Royal Armouries Yearbook2: 26-36

Full publications list

  • Buckberry, J., Montgomery, J., Towers, J., Müldner, G., Holst, M., Evans, J., Gledhill, A., Neale, N. and Lee-Thorp, J. 2014. ‘Finding Vikinfs 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. 2010. ‘A comparative study of ‘continuity’ cemeteries in Yorkshire’, CBA Yorkshire Forum: 15-16
  • Holst, M. and Caffell, C. 2010. ‘York Osteoarchaeology Ltd’, in J. Appleby (eds), British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Annual Review 2009 11: 22-24
  • 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
  • Holst, M. And Caffell, C. 2009. ‘York Osteoarchaeology Ltd’, in J. Buckberry (eds), British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Annual Review 2008 10: 34-35
  • Holst, M. 2008. ‘Human bone: Osteological Assessment’ in M. Carver (ed) Wasperton Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/archive/wasperton_eh_2008/overview.cfm?CFID=573996andCFTOKEN=39545028
  • Luke, M. with major contributions by Allen, C., Bates, S., Duncan, H., Holst, M., Macphail, R., Maltby, M., Pelling, R., Robinson, M., Slowikowski, A. and Wells, J. 2008. Life in the Loop: Investigation of a Prehistoric and Romano-British Landscape at Biddenham Loop, Bedfordshire, East Anglian Archaeology 125
  • Holst, M. and Caffell, C. 2008. ‘York Osteoarchaeology Ltd’, in J. Buckberry (eds), British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Annual Review 2007 9: 34-43
  • Holst, M. 2006. ‘Human Bone Report’, Roman Occupation at the Former Starting Gate Public House, Dringhouses, York, http://www.iadb.co.uk/i2/i2_pub.php?PP=39
  • Caffell, A. and Holst, M. 2006. ‘The human bone’, in M. Watts (ed), Two Cemeteries from Bristol’s Northern Suburbs, Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Report 4: 68-80
  • Mays, S. and Holst, M. 2006. ‘Palaeo-otology of cholesteatoma’, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 16: 1-15
  • Holst, M and Caffell, A. 2006. ‘York Osteoarchaeology Ltd’, in J. Buckberry (eds), British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Annual Review 2005 7: 40-41
  • Sutherland, T.L. and Holst, M. 2005. Battlefield Archaeology – Guide to the Archaeology of Conflict, http://www.bajr.org/DocumentsBAJRBattleGuide.pdf
  • Holst, M. 2005. Fishergate House Artefacts and Environmental Evidence: The Human Bone, http://www.archaeologicalplanningconsultancy .co.uk/mono/001/rep_bone_hum1a.html
  • Holst, M. 2005. ‘Human Remains’, in I. Roberts (eds) Ferrybridge Henge. The Ritual Landscape, Archaeological Services WYAS, Yorkshire Archaeology 10 (Leeds): 167-175
  • Boylston, A., Novak, S., Sutherland, T., Holst, M., Coughlan, J. and Knüsel, C. 2004. ‘Archaeology and anthropology of medieval warfare: an investigation of burials from the Battle of Towton AD 1461’, Medieval History 10: 50-57
  • Holst, M. 2004. ‘Human skeletal remains excavated or analysed by Field Archaeology Specialists Ltd in 2003’, in R. Gowland (eds), British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Annual Review 2003 5: 27-28
  • Dickinson, T. 2004. ‘An early Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Quarrington, near Sleaford, Lincolnshire: Report on excavations, 2000-2001’, Lincolnshire History and Archaeology 39: 24-45, with contributions by M. Holst
  • Holst, M. 2003. Health in Medieval York: New Perspectives into Medieval Health through the Analysis of further Cemetery Populations, Poster Presentation at the Fifth Annual Conference of the British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology
  • Holst, M. and 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. and Holst, M. 2000. ‘Health Status’, 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, 60-76
  • Boylston, A., Holst, M. and Coughlan, J. 2000., ‘Physical Anthropology’, 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, 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. and Knüsel, C. 1997. ‘Recent Excavations of a Mass Grave from Towton’, in Yorkshire Medicine, 9 (3), 25-6
  • Boylston, A., Novak, S., Sutherland, T., Holst, M. and Coughlan, J. 1997. ‘Burials from the Battle of Towton’, Royal Armouries Yearbook 2: 26-36

 

 

Research

Overview

Overview

Malin Holst specialises in bioarchaeology with particular emphasis on osteology and palaeopathology.  

Malin is particularly interested in weapon-related trauma and has examined numerous battle-victims, including those from the battles of Heronbridge 613 and Towton 1461.

Her research has also focused on burial ritual, particularly on multi-period cemeteries, which often span millennia.  

 

Current Projects

The analysis of a large disarticulated middle Neolithic human bone assemblage from the Midlands.

Analysis of a medieval nunnery from Chester and another nunnery from Tadcaster.

Examination of the remains of Sir Richard Fitzwilliam, his wife Lucy Neville and his parents.

Osteological and palaeopathological study of two Roman cemeteries from Leicester.

Comparative analysis of two Anglo-Saxon cemeteries from Teeside, one of which is pagan and the other is Christian.

Teaching

Undergraduate

Malin teaches the practical skills human bones modules for undergraduates and postgraduates, the undergraduate human bone team projects and the postgraduate core module The Archaeology of Human Bones.

Postgraduate

Human Bioarchaeology

External activities

Memberships

Member of the British Association of Biological Anthropologists and Osteoarchaeologists

Member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Member of the Palaeopathology Association

Member of the Institute for Archaeologists (MIfA)

Member of the York Bones Forum

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Contact details

Malin Holst

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323900 / +44 (0)1759 368483 / +44 7803 800806