Bournemouth University School of Applied Sciences and Archaeology department curates a wide range of skeletal collections from archaeological sites across Europe. Most of our collections comprise human remains uncovered during excavations in the south-west of England, but we also hold material on loan from museums and organisations across the world.
The majority of our collections are used in teaching and many are currently the subject of research by both staff and students. If you’d like to make a request to use the collections, please fill out this form.
Bronze Age Collections
- Sidon, Lebanon. Bronze Age, 80 individuals, mostly juveniles.
- Eggardon Hill, Dorset. Bronze Age. One urned cremation (also three Anglo-Saxon inhumations).
Iron Age/Romano-British Collections
Select publications and reports relating to Bournemouth University’s human remains collections:
- Auton, J. 2010. A demographic and palaeopathological investigation of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery population from Bradford Peverell, Dorset. Unpublished Masters dissertation. Bournemouth University.
- Boore, E. J. 1985. Excavations at St Augustine the Less, Bristol, 1983-4. Bristol and Avon Archaeology 4: 21-33.
- Bashford, L. and Pollard, T. In the burying place – the excavation of a Quaker burial ground. In Cox, M (ed). Grave concerns: death and burial in England 1700-1800. York: CBA research reports, pps 154-66.
- Robb, J. and Rogers, J. M. 2009. Human Bones. In Light, T and Ellis, P. (eds). Bucknowle, A Romano-British villa and its antecedents: Excavations 1976-1991. Dorchester: Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, Monograph Series Number 18, 155-158
- Manley, H. 2010. Analysis of remains recovered from Race Down, Blandford. Unpublished report for Bournemouth University.
- O’Connell, L. 1999. The articulated human skeletal remains from St Augustine the Less, Bristol. Unpublished report for Bournemouth University.
- Ogden, A. R. 2004. Burials excavated at Sidon 2001-2003. Archaeology & History in the Lebanon 20: 58-59.
- Ogden, A. R. and Schutkowski, H. 2004. Human remains from middle Bronze Age burials at Sidon, Lebanon: The 2001 season. Levant 36: 159-166.
- Ogden, A. R., Doumet-Serhal, C., Anderson, A., Hofbauer, H., Keefe, K., Mikulski, R., Power, R. and Schutkowski, H. 2011. Human remains from twelve years of excavation in Sidon, Lebanon. Archaeology and History in the Lebanon 34/35: 226-235.
- Raes, A. 2005. Palaeopathological investigations into the articulated human remains from Old St Andrew’s Church, Portland, Dorset. Dorset Proceedings 127: 67-76.
- Start, H. and Kirk, L. The bodies of friends – the osteological analysis of a Quaker burial ground. In Cox, M. (ed). Grave concerns: death and burial in England 1700-1800. York: CBA research reports, 167-77.
- Schutkowski, H. and Ogden, A. 2011. Sidon of the Plain, Sidon of the Sea – Reflections on Middle Bronze Age diet in the Eastern Mediterranean. Archaeology and History in the Lebanon 34/35: 213-225