Department of Archaeology

Bioarchaeology laboratories

Bioarchaeology Lab

The Department has two new bioarchaeology laboratories; one for teaching, the other for research. Both are equipped with archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological reference collections and there is a growing off-print library housed in the larger teaching lab.

The bioarchaeological laboratories are equipped with low-power microscopes and a flotation machine (for the extraction of botanical remains from archaeological deposits). High-power microscopes are available in the Microscope Laboratory, which may be used for research areas including charcoal analysis.

All of our students spend some time in the Bioarchaeology laboratories in their first year and have the chance to specialise in Bioarchaeology in the second and third years. Many students come to Nottingham for the MSc in Bioarchaeology or to undertake PhD research.

  • Year one: V61101 Environmental Archaeology (10 credits) 
  • Year two: V63350 Bioarchaeology (20 credits) 
  • Year three: V63354 Beastly Questions (10 credits); V63408 Transitions to Agriculture (20 credits); V63404 Dissertation in Archaeology (40 credits) 
  • MSc Bioarchaeology: Plants, Animals and Society PhD (View current student profiles here)


Our teaching and learning approach

Drawing upon our cutting-edge research we are committed to providing our students with a solid understanding of the methods and theory of practical bioarchaeology. Beyond this, our students are trained to integrate their work with evidence from other sources in order to address socio-cultural issues, regardless of geographical location or time period, relevant to a range of disciplines and audiences.


Department of Archaeology

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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