The Environmental Laboratory

The Environmental Laboratory is dedicated to the analysis of plant macro-remains from archaeological sites (archaeobotany or paleoethnobotany), with additional facilities for pollen, shells, etc. It consists of purpose-built work and storage space, microscopes (Wild and Kyowa), a substantial reference collection of seeds, cereals and fruits (ca. 1,500 taxa), the latter maintained by Tony Gouldwell. It also houses a large collection of identification manuals, including digital access to the Plant Atlas.

Seed collection 1 Seed collection 2

Archaeobotany at the University of Leicester is formally taught as part of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We also have a strong research community with a number of students undertaking their undergraduate and MA dissertations, and doctoral research in the discipline. Some of these students are studying by Distance Learning. In addition to more formal teaching we also encourage undergraduate students to undertake voluntary work in the laboratory.

Dessicated barley seeds

The School of Archaeology and Ancient History has a grade 5 RAE rating (2008) and all members of staff associated with the laboratory are involved in a wide range of active research projects. For more details about what is currently being undertaken please visit:

current research

- research student projects

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