The Bone Laboratory

The reference collectionThe Bone Laboratory is dedicated to the study of animal bones from archaeological sites (zooarchaeology or archaeozoology) and the analysis of human skeletal material. Our facilities consist of a newly refurbished laboratory, with a continually improving teaching collection and a research reference collection which contains over 650 specimens. For more detailed information about the collection and our other teaching and research facilities see our resources page.

Zooarchaeology and human osteology at the University of Leicester is taught formally as part of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We also have a strong research community that includes academic staff, post-doctoral and doctoral scholars, an artist in residence, and many students undertaking undergraduate and masters dissertations, some of whom are studying by Distance Learning. In addition to formal teaching we also encourage students to undertake voluntary work within the laboratory.

The School's close links with ULAS (University of Leicester Archaeological Services) are also reflected in the laboratory. Zooarchaeological analyses as part of developer-funded projects are frequently undertaken using our reference collection and facilities.


Through the animal bone laboaratory at the University of Leicester, we offer a range of high quality consultancy services that are delivered through the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS):

  • Animal Bone Consultancy Service
  • Human Osteology Consultancy Service  

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