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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


The Bioarchaeology Research Group at Durham undertakes cutting edge, internationally renowned research on past human lifeways using biological remains. Members of the group have a broad range of expertise in biomolecular archaeology, zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, geoarchaeology, palaeoecology, palaeodemography and palaeopathology. Major collaborative projects exploring diverse geographical and temporal scales are a hallmark of the Bioarchaeology Research Group. We believe that the academic environment for bioarchaeology within the Department of Archaeology at Durham is currently unsurpassed in the UK.

The group focuses on a number of related research themes, addressing major archaeological questions with the development of new techniques, alongside established methods:

  • Foodways and the Origins of agriculture
  • Dispersals and diasporas
  • Origins and evolutionary history of disease
  • Environmental change and chronologies
  • Human-animal-environment relations
  • Society and identity