Bioarchaeology at Aberdeen brings together expertise on human and animal palaeoecology, environmental archaeology and human-envionmental interactions in the past. Researchers in the Department of Archaeology and associated disciplines employ a range of technical and methodological approaches, with strengths in the study of:

  • mammal
  • bird and fish remains
  • insects
  • soils
  • plant remains and microfossils
  • proteins and biominerals (isotope analysis)
  • DNA

Our research spans from the Middle Palaeolithic to the Neolithic, protohistoric and historic periods, and also includes the experimental study of modern materials.

Onsite facilities within St. Mary's Building include:

  • a palynology laboratory
  • bioarchaeology laboratory with faunal reference collection
  • microsampling equipment
  • an archaeological chemistry and stable isotope preparation laboratory
Research Projects