TRACES Facilities

Research Site

TRACES offers a 13 acre research site of rough grassland surrounded by a native woodland border. In conjunction with Lancashire County Council and Global Renewables, further landscaping took place in 2010 which increased the diverse nature of the site.

Upland oak, Alder abundant wet woodland and Alder abundant wet woodland with Ash were planted along with an additional 6000 trees, which covered 6.4 acres. This brought the total woodland on site to 10 acres.

This woodland, with graded planting densities to the open areas of three acres and access tracks around the site, provides a unique and diverse area in which to carry out taphonomic research. 

Indoor Work Area

TRACES has a large indoor storage area and work space, ideal for experimental set-up, or to escape from the rain for a hot drink!

This area is also used for the storage of an extensive range of experimental equipment as well as machinery to help us in the field, such as a tractor, trailer and excavator. The area has changing and hand wash facilities and adjacent to this is an outdoor wash and disinfection facility to enable us to comply with robust bio-security arrangements.


Teaching Room and Office

Our teaching and seminar room is a short walk away from the field site. This is use for both our MSc courses and for delegates attending short courses. In an adjacent building is an office for TRACES staff and researchers, which includes toilet and kitchen facilities.

On Campus Facilities

The School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences has extensive facilities at the Preston Campus including fully equipped anthropology and entomology laboratories. The School has recently invested in new temperature measuring, thermal imaging and endoscopic equipment for TRACES research into maggot mass thermodynamics.

Access to TRACES

Staff will normally transport students and visitors from the University’s Preston Campus to the TRACES facility in our own 12 seated Land Rover. This is also equipped with a large box van trailer for carrying equipment and resources. A minibus can also be used for larger parties.