• Human Evolution & Ancient DNA: Beyond Bones & Stones

    The project is about ancient DNA (aDNA) and how it can be used to explore not just the evolution of humans but also how it has helped to shape what being human means. The development of ever more sophisticated techniques for analysing ancient DNA are revolutionising the study of human evolution. Our understanding of the […]

  • Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions

    This project explores the history of chickens, the world’s most widespread and abundant domestic animal. By integrating the research interests and expertise of scientists with those of scholars in the arts and humanities, we will investigate the origins and dispersal of domestic chickens and their role in human culture in the past, present, and future. […]

  • Deciphering dog domestication through a combined ancient DNA and geometric morphometric approach

    Research into early animal domestication has now broadly established the geographic and temporal origins of the major livestock species. Dogs remain an enigma, however, not only because they were the first domestic animal and the only domesticate whose appearance precedes the emergence of settled agriculture, but also because decades of archaeological and genetic research have […]

  • Unifying Domestication and Evolutionary Biology through Ancient DNA

    This project takes advantage of revolutionary genetic technologies to characterise the nuclear genomes from ancient animal remains. By combining the resolution of thousands of DNA markers with the time depth of archaeology, this project aims to fulfill the potential of DNA to address fundamental questions regarding domestication. More specifically, we will address key unanswered questions regarding the spatiotemporal pattern and […]

  • Understanding Violence in Medieval London: An Examination of the Skeletal Evidence

    It is often taken for granted that the medieval period was a particularly violent time. But how accurate is this stereotype? This project addressed this question by identifying and interpreting the patterns and prevalence of trauma, particularly that attributed to violence, in human remains from medieval London. In total, data from six distinct sites in and around […]

  • Bioarchaeology of Ibiza, Spain

    Dr Nicholas Marquez-Grant has been analysing human remains from the island of Ibiza in Spain since 1999. Ibiza in the Western Mediterranean is located in a strategic position and has received the influence from a variety of cultural groups throughout its history. Ibiza was indeed an important centre in antiquity . This project examines human […]

  • Cultivating Societies

    The Cultivating Societies project will examine the extent, nature and timing of Neolithic farming in Ireland through the collation, integration and analysis of unpublished and published data (archaeobotanical, zooarchaeological, palaeoecological, C14, stable isotope, and archaeological data) from the commercial, state, and academic sectors. Integration of these varied lines of evidence is enabled by bringing together international researchers […]