BioArch: Department of Archaeology

Founded in 1963, The University of York is renowned as a young research-led University. With a flat management structure that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration across departmental boundaries, UoY consistently out-performs all other large civic universities. The University is a member of the Russell Group, a leading organisation of UK universities committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research. UoY is also a member of the World University Network, a worldwide alliance of thirteen research-led universities, and is one of few universities less than 50 years old to reach the world top 100 (it has done so for 5 consecutive years); unsurprisingly, it is the top UK University under 50 years of age (Times). In the past 5 years, UoY has launched a £1 billion development to double in size, the biggest ever in UK higher education, with a raft of new departments, centres, colleges and commercial incubators, and appointment of over 100 new full-time professors. Amongst archaeology departments, York ranked 2nd for Impact, 2nd equal for Environment, and 4th overall in the 2014 Research Assement Exercise. In the 2015 University Subject Tables, the department was ranked 6th out of 40 with a score of 92.6%.The Department was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2011.

Oliver Craig: BioArCh Director

Email: oliver.craig@york.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 1904 328626

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Oliver Craig specialises in biomolecular archaeology, i.e. the recovery of proteins, lipids and DNA from ancient skeletal remains and archaeological artefacts to provide insights into past human activities.

His particular interests lie in temporal transitions and variability in human diets, cuisine and subsistence practices and the impact that dietary changes had on social evolution, health and the environment.

Oliver is interested in combining a broad range of analytical techniques to study palaeodiet but particularly stable isotope analysis of human bone and organic residue analysis of food remains on ceramics.

Camilla Speller

Email: camilla.speller@york.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 1904 328868

My research interests focus on the application of biomolecular analyses (ancient DNA and proteins) to archaeological and anthropological questions, with a particular interest in animal domestication, environmental archaeology, and ancient human microbiomes.

Email: matthew.collins@york.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 1904 328868

Collins is interested in the use of ancient proteins to solve archaeological questions. The BioArch research team has achieved breakthroughs in amino acid racemization dating (Penkman) to help date the British and European Quaternary. His team has completed major research on dairying in NE Europe from the Chalcolithic to the Early Iron Age, using new immunological based methods to detect species-specific milk proteins on pottery (with Oliver Craig).

Michelle Alexander

Email: michelle.alexander@york.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 1904 328868

My research is driven towards the study of bioarchaeology and in particular the application of biomoelcular techniques to aid in understanding the diet and resource base of communities particularly at the interface of socio-cultural and economic transistions in historic populations. I specialise in the application of stable isotope analysis (δ13C, δ15N, δ34S) and ancient DNA analysis to ancient human and animal populations.

Kirsty Penkman

Email: kirsty.penkman@york.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 1904 322574

My research interest is in the application of analytical chemistry to archaeological and geological questions. In particular my focus is on the analysis of proteins: their pathways of degradation, their methods of preservation, of detection, and how these molecules can inform us of an organism’s life and death history. I run the NERC-recognised amino acid dating facility, NEaar.

Malin Holst

Email: malin.holst@york.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 7803 800806

Malin is a a lecturer at the University of York and works commercially on the excavation and analysis of human skeletal remains as director of York Ostoearchaeology Ltd.

Malin is particularly interested in examining skeletal health in its archaeological and historical context, such as post-medieval social status, health and diet in slum versus prosperous populations, and urban versus rural skeletal assemblages.

Malin is part of an interdisciplinary team researching causes of rheumatoid arthritis and potential relationships with sugar consumption and tobacco smoking. Other research projects focus on medieval weapon trauma and 'continuity' cemeteries that span several millennia.

Steve Ashby

Email: steve.ashby@york.ac.uk

Phone: +(44) (0)1904 323952

Steve Ashby is a medieval archaeologist with specialism in the archaeology of portable material culture and the use of animal products in craft and industry. He is trained in geology, zooarchaeology, and artefact studies, and is particularly interested in the relationship between the various regions of Britain and Scandinavia before, during, and after the Viking Age.

Nicky Milner

Email: nicky.milner@york.ac.uk

Phone: +(44) (0)1904 323952

My research focuses on the Mesolithic period, but also the Palaeolithic/Mesolithic transition and the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition. I have directed excavations at Star Carr, Flixton Island (Long Blade site), Howick and Baylet (Irish shell midden site). I have worked on many shell midden sites and have developed a technique for thin sectioning oysters to ascertain age and seasonality information. I am also interested in Palaeodiet, climate change and death and burial.

Jo Tozer

Email: jo.tozer@york.ac.uk

Phone: +(44) (0)1904 323921

Jo Tozer is the Research Manager for the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. Jo provides administrative support for the development, submission and smooth running of externally funded research grants across the department. She is also the department's Impact Officer, supporting ArchSci2020 staff and ESRs to demonstrate and promote the wider influence and benefits of their research to wider society.

Belen Rebollo-Garcia

Email: belen.rebollo@york.ac.uk

Phone: +(44) (0)1904 567927

Belen Rebollo-Garcia is the EU Research Projects Manager for the Arts & Humanities at the University of York.

In her current role Belen is responsible for helping academic departments identify appropriate EC funding opportunities. To provide pro-active support for the development of a designated range of applications. To ensure that overall administration for awarded projects runs as smoothly as possible and to be responsible for the project’s financial administration and contractual compliance at those departments she works with within the University of York. Belen will be responsible for the financial reporting at the University of York and support the Management Team on EU compliance and contractual aspects.