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Biological Anthropology Research Centre

The Biological Anthropology Research Centre (BARC) is part of the School of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford. The centre specialises in the analysis of human skeletal remains, both ancient and modern. All members of staff are active academic researchers and the centre also undertakes a wide range of contract work on behalf of various archaeological units, museums, and other organisations.

The BARC (formerly the Calvin Wells Laboratory) houses the second largest collection of human skeletal remains in an archaeology department in the UK. This includes material dating from the Neolithic to the 19th century. While most of the collection derives from cemeteries excavated in the UK, a small amount of material comes from overseas excavations. Much of the material currently housed at the BARC is on temporary or long-term loan from museums and archaeological units throughout the UK.

We are located in the Faculty of Life Sciences Integrated Life Sciences Learning Centre which contains state-of-the-art laboratories and world class teaching facilities. The BARC consists of the Keith Manchester laboratory (for teaching osteology and palaeopathology), the Don Ortner Laboratory (for osteological; and palaeopathological research), an osteology workroom (study space for students), the bone store and radiography lab.

From Cemetery to Clinic

A project supported by Jisc to digitise aspects of the Chichester Leprosarium cemetery and clinical images of leprosy (Hansen's disease). The 'From Cemetery to Clinic' website brings together the archaeological archive, skeletal data, 3D laser scans of leprous bones, pathological and clinical descriptions alongside a unique collection of clinical radiographs of individuals with leprosy. The project was a collaboration between Archaeological Sciences and the Centre for Visual Computing, University of Bradford.

Digitised Diseases

'Digitised Diseases: informing clinical understanding of chronic conditions affecting the skeleton using archaeological and historical exemplars', this is the follow on project to the pilot 'From Cemetery to Clinic', please visit the 'Digitised Diseases' website.